Forestry fire near Picton airport

The scene of the fire in a forestry block near Picton Airport. - Photo: Supplied

Fire crews are batling a blaze in a forestry block near Picton Airport this afternoon.

The blaze was reported at 1.20pm and currently involves a 100x30 metre block of pine trees.

Three fire engines, three water tankers and three choppers with monsoon buckets were either in attendance or on their way there.

A spokesperson for the Fire Communications Centre said the fire was on a hill which could cause problems for fire-fighters.

"It does create an issue as fire can travel quicker up a hill area. I can't confirm that's the situation on this occasion but it is on a hilly area and not on the flat."

As with Tasman, where 20 residents were evacuated due to a flare up just yesterday, the Marlborough District was very dry, she said.

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