Fire response crew gathered at the end of Rapids Rd. Photo / Rachel Canning
Fire and Emergency New Zealand shift manager Paul Radden confirmed firefighters had been called to a the fire at about 3.10pm.
Up to 8 fire trucks and 35 firefighters and two helicopters are still battling a scrub fire on the east side of Lake Rotokawa on Rapids Rd. Crews from Taupō, Rotorua and Kinloch attended the fire off Rapids Rd, north of the Rotokawa Geothermal Power Station.
A spokesperson for Rotokawa Geothermal Power Station said it was unknown how the fire started although ground conditions were currently dry.
The attending fire officer said it was believed the fire began at 3pm and emergency services were now in the mopping up phase.
At 5pm a Mercury spokeswoman said the fire was in an area Mercury staff were not active in, and there was no current threat to its power station.
At 8pm, some crews were still onsite. The extent of the fire will not be known until Tuesday.