11 Jan 2016

Canterbury firefighters battle blaze in forestry cuttings

11:52 am on 11 January 2016

Firefighters are battling a fire in a large pile of tree cuttings at Selwyn, west of Christchurch.

Crews were called to the scene off State Highway 73, between Springfield and Sheffield, just before 6am today.

A Fire Service spokesperson said part of a 100m long forestry slash area was on fire, containing debris and cuttings from forestry work.

The pile covers 2000 square metres and is about 20 metres high.

Earth-moving machinery was being used to break down the heap and stop the fire spreading.