Residents on edge as Canterbury fires continue burning

From Morning Report, 7:37 am on 20 February 2024

The fire is contained in Waikari Valley, but while residents of the nearby North Canterbury town of Waipara are back home, they remain on high alert.

The 300-hectare scrub fire broke out on Sunday night, forcing the evacuation of nearby rural properties.

And given the parched conditions throughout the region, there are fears that a repeat could be around the corner.

Our reporter Adam Burns has been in Waipara talking to relieved locals.