A large scrub fire has broken out in Canterbury’s West Melton this afternoon.
Twelve fire appliances and as many as 30 fire fighters are believed to have responded to the incident on Thompson Rd, as hot weather and warm winds keep fire danger very high.
The Fire Service was alerted to the fire around 1pm.
“We’re trying to stop the potential of it being a very big fire,” a Fire Service communications spokesperson said.
No properties are thought to be in danger as yet, however The Press reports that as many as three choppers have been called in to help fight the blaze.
WeatherWatch.co;nz says hot weather will linger all weekend with 30 degree highs expected again on Sunday.
– 3news.co.nz, WeatherWatch.co.nz