WORKING FAST: Emergency crews are getting the blaze under control.
WORKING FAST: Emergency crews are getting the blaze under control. Bianca Hrovat

GALLERY: Firefighters, helicopters battle to save homes

FIREFIGHTERS are working hard to contain a blaze threatening properties at Rosenthal Heights.

Witness Max Ruthnell said the fire started after a car blew a tyre on the New England Highway and fast spread east across the grassland.

Helicopters have worked fast to water bomb the area, dramatically slowing the spread of the fire.

View the gallery below to see the efforts of emergency services as they struggle to work up the flank of the blaze.