A number of wind turbines on the Tararua Range have been stopped after one of them burst into flames.
An incident investigation has been launched following the fire on Wednesday afternoon, which could be seen from Palmerston North and Feilding.
Wind farm owner Mercury and operator Vestas have yet to establish the cause.
A spokesman for Mercury said they had been alerted to the fire at its Tararua Wind Farm by on-site contractors Vestas, who confirmed nobody was in danger and that emergency services were rushing to the site.
Fire and Emergency spokesman Murray Dunbar said they were alerted to the turbine fire at 2.40pm.
Three trucks and a water tanker and a helicopter were dispatched. Two fire trucks used a private road to get to the burning turbine.
A spokeswoman for Vestas said the turbine was part of Tararua Wind Farm 3. One of their employees first saw smoke coming from the turbine about 2pm.
No people were near the turbine, and all employees had been accounted for.
Five connected turbines in the area have been taken out of service and could be offline for several weeks. An incident investigation has been started.
She said it was too early to comment on or confirm the cause of the fire.
The Tararua wind farm was built in three stages, and was until recently owned by Tilt Renewables.
It was one of the oldest wind farms in New Zealand, which has been operating for more than 20 years.
Earlier this year energy generator Mercury joined with Powering Australian Renewables to buy Tilt’s New Zealand wind farms including Waipipi in Taranaki and Mahinerangi in Otago.
The buy-out was worth about $770 million. It made Mercury the main owner of the wind farms along the Tararua Range.
Mercury is building the $465m Turitea wind farm to the south of the older wind farms.
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