Marlborough fire crews are fighting a blaze tearing through gum trees up Taylor Pass Road.
Fire and Emergency New Zealand shift manager Jonathan Ditmer says ten crews and two helicopters are fighting the flare up.
He says emergency services were called to the blaze, 3km up the road from the Taylor Dam, at 3.15pm.
“At 4.20 80 per cent of the fire was contained,” he says.
Crews from Blenheim, Rarangi, Korimiko and Northbank are attending.