One home is in the path of a large scrub fire in Rolleston as fire crews and three helicopters battle the flames in the Canterbury town.
The blaze broke out at Waterholes Road and State High one in Rolleston at 4.30pm.
Fire and emergency says 21 appliances are working against high winds in the area and one home is at threat.
State Highway 1 is closed between Rolleston and Templeton.
Earlier, drivers were being told to drive with care as smoke could be making visibility difficult.
Fire and Emergency are also asking people to avoid the area while crews try to control the blaze.