Rural firefighters have been working round the clock in many parts of the parched eastern South Island â€“ from Marlborough, through Canterbury, and into Central Otago.
The key hotspot regions are Canterbury and Otago, where conditions are rated â€œextremely drier than normalâ€, and scattered showers over the past week have brought little relief.
Fire and water restrictions are widespread â€“ the banks are rolling out funding assistance packages â€“ and meatworkers are on overtime slaughtering stock as farmers ease the pressure on whatâ€™s left of their pasture.
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy isnâ€™t ready to call it a â€œmedium scale adverse eventâ€ â€“ yet â€¦ but his Ministryâ€™s watching the situation closely.
– Country TV