Firefighters battling two fires in Canterbury

From Midday Report, 12:10 pm on 19 February 2024

Hot, windy conditions are forecast in Canterbury on Monday, pushing up the fire danger, as firefighters continue to battle two fires.

As crews work to dampen down hotspots in Christchurch's Port Hills, more than 50 firefighters are fighting a blaze which broke out Sunday night in the Waikari Valley, near Waipara.

The fire has has largely burnt out, but firefighters say it is still uncontrolled. Up to 40 people were evacuated overnight and a community meeting is now underway at the Waipara Memorial Hall.

Hurunui District Mayor Marie Black spoke to Charlotte Cook.