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Fire on hills above Wadestown sends smoke across central city

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Report from RNZ
Firefighters are this morning returning to the hills above Wadestown where half-a-hectare of pine trees went up in flames yesterday afternoon.

Fire and Emergency received a call just before 4pm to the fire in the Town Belt, in Wadestown.

At the height of the fire, a helicopter dumped water on the blaze, and more than 20 crew were on the ground.

Wellington.Scoop – February 9
A fire broke out on the hills above the Wellington suburb of Wadestown this afternoon.

Mount Cook resident and RNZ editor Paddy Burgin said it was a large bush fire on the northern slopes of the hills between Thorndon and Wadestown. It was sending smoke billowing across the central city.

He said he thought it was a vegetation fire. And completely in the face of the northerly wind.