Evacuations underway as helicopters battle Dunedin scrub fire

Ryan Bridge 16/09/2019

Evacuations have taken place at the foot of the hills overlooking Dunedin, where a large scrub fire is continuing to burn. 

Eight helicopters have been battling the blaze, which is blanketing the city in smoke. It started on Flagstaff Hill, northwest of Dunedin.

Local witness Mark Cubitt describes the scenes he saw today to Ryan as he works from home as smoke begins to clear a little from the flames he described as, “probably a couple hundred metres of flames.”

Newshub reporter Mel Logan joins Ryan to give an update on the fire as reports come in suggesting that it may soon rain in the area.

Mel tells Ryan, "we are told it's around 12 hectares", and that smoke was "blanketing the city."

Listen above.