13 Jan 2013

Canterbury fire crews check hotspots

5:15 pm on 13 January 2013

Fire crews in Canterbury are doing final checks for hotspots following a series of scrub fires in the region.

The fire service has been on high alert for much of the past week due to the hot dry weather conditions which have fuelled fires, allowing them to sweep through several hundred hectares of land.

More than 80 hectares of pine plantation and grass land near West Melton was burnt in a blaze on Friday, while several homes and a farm were destroyed in another fire which swept through 150 hectares of land near Prebbleton.

A scrub fire near a rifle range on Saturday night required 18 fire trucks to fight, with crew battling the blaze until early Sunday morning.

The Selwyn District Council says it will do a final check of the burned land in Prebbleton early on Monday morning, using thermal imaging equipment to detect any hotspots.

Council fire officer Wilson Brown said social teams are out door knocking at homes in the area helping people whose properties have been damaged.