Local Nelson boy's painting of the fires, has gone viral

Must See 15/02/2019

An 11-year-old boy's painting of the Tasman fire has gone viral. 

The picture only described as being painted by Leon, was shared on Facebook and has gone viral, gaining thousands of likes and hundreds of comments.

The picture shows helicopters with monsoon buckets dropping water on to the raging fire below. 

People were quick to comment on the post, saying how "amazing" and "outstanding" his picture was. 

"Amazing talent ur parents must b so proud. Keep painting Leon, and never stop believing in yourself [sic]," one person wrote. 

"Wow! What a very talented young man," another wrote. 

And the picture even caught the eye of Fire and Emergency New Zealand.

One local firefighter, Ashton Oliver, seemingly loves the artwork and asked if it was up for sale. 

"I reckon this picture absolutely needs to be on the wall behind our reception. Is it seriously up for sale?" he wrote. 


People have even suggested a meet-and-greet for the talented artist with the pilots involved in the aerial attack on the fire.

The fire still remains out of control, more than a week after it started. Underground heat is the main problem for firefighters, who expect they will be battling the blaze well into March.