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UPDATE: Fire on hills of Wellington now ‘Under control’ but not yet out

A fire which has broken out above the hills in the Wellington suburb of Wadestown has been brought under control, although it is not yet out.

Scroll to bottom of article for updates.

Photo: RNZ / Colin Peacock


Mount Cook resident and RNZ editor Paddy Burgin said it’s a large bush fire in the hills above Thorndon.

It has been sending smoke billowing across the central city, with people posting pictures on social media.

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

It’s on the northern slopes between Thorndon and Wadestown.

Photo: RNZ / Colin Peacock

Photo: RNZ / Colin Peacock

UPDATE 5:00pm: Fire and Emergency NZ report that there are currently 6 fire appliances on site fighting the blaze.
UPDATE 6:09pm: Mayor Justin Lester reports that the fire is now under control but not yet out