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Thursday 16 February, 2017
District Council has been notified by the Mid-South Canterbury Rural Fire
Authority that there is a total fire ban for the district effective
fires, including field burnoffs, are now banned throughout the district.
fire resources stretched as volunteer fire crews are assisting the efforts with
the Port Hills fires in Selwyn and Christchurch, Ashburton residents and
farmers are being reminded of the fire risks in the dry weather and are being
told to refrain from any open fires.
Services Group Manager Jane Donaldson says it is imperative that people are
aware of the dangers and not put any further strain on our fire brigades and
volunteers, many of whom are working long shifts to help out in the Port Hills.
need to use their common sense and ensure they are not undermining the efforts
in fighting the fires happening in the Port Hills” she says, adding, “if we
have any fires started here it will mean redirecting the already stretched
resources and will likely result in prosecutions.”
will advise once the fire ban is lifted.
Satellite view of the Port Hills fires in Christchurch taken on the evening of 15 February. Source: TVNZPhoto credit: NASA