5 Feb 2024

NZ on high alert for wildfires as temps soar

From Midday Report, 12:45 pm on 5 February 2024

New Zealand has been put on high alert for wildfire risk, with temperatures as high as 33 degrees expected this week.

Fire and Emergency says Northland, Auckland, Wairarapa, Marlborough, Canterbury and Otago are most at risk of wildfires, with conditions tinder dry in some places.

On Monday morning fire fighters were able to contain a large fire at Kirwee, in Canterbury, which burnt through around 80 hectares of pine, scrub and farmland next to the Waimakariri River.

Fire and Emergency's national wildfire specialist Tim Mitchell spoke to Ben Strang.