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A scrub fire broke out in the Clifton area of Port Hills in Christchurch.
The fire was reported to Police at around 11:30 am. Police assisted with evacuations in the surrounding area.
Twelve Fire and Emergency appliances were in attendance as well as two water tankers and a Command unit. Four helicopters were also in attendance.
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Cordons were in place, and people were asked not to travel into the area.
The Main Road in Summer, between Cave Terrace and Wakatu Avenue, is closed to allow the helicopters to travel in and out of the Barnett Park area solely to carry water.
A statement posted to Canterbury’s Fire and Emergency page read: “Please continue to stay away from the area, so our crews can work safely to contain this fire.”
At around 2:00 pm the fire was reported as contained.
The fire was started by sparks from a construction site according to Fire and Emergency NZ.
Main image credit: Rosemary Anne Neave