Sources stretched as fireplace crews battle blazes throughout South Island

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2021-04-04 10:46:36

Hearth crews are battling a number of rural blazes throughout Southland, Otago and South Canterbury.

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Photograph: RNZ / Richard Tindiller

Authorities say sources are being stretched as a result of variety of call-outs.

Three properties are being evacuated close to the South Canterbury city of Fairlie, as fireplace crews battle a forestry plantation blaze.

Deputy principal rural fireplace officer Ray Gardner stated 5 tankers and three diggers have been on web site with extra sources on the best way.

He stated excessive winds and smoke have been making circumstances troublesome, however efforts to stop it spreading additional had been profitable.

Crews are additionally combating three separate blazes in Southland – two inside 5 kilometres of one another within the Waimea Valley.

Hearth and Emergency New Zealand stated robust winds have been stopping helicopters from being deployed, however circumstances have been anticipated to ease quickly.

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