Port Hills wildfire covers 630 hectares, crosses Summit Road

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Feb 14, 2024 |

Overlooking Christchurch Adventure Park from Sugar Loaf. Image: Michelle Morrow.

Fire and Emergency crews are continuing work to suppress and contain a fire at Christchurch’s Port Hills, which has now crossed Summit Road.

The fire is measuring 630 hectares in size.

Incident Controller Dave Stackhouse said there are currently 28 appliances, 15 helicopters, two fixed-wing aircrafts, two bulldozers and one digger working to bring the fire under control.

“The fire has now crossed Summit Rd and crews are working hard to contain it. Aircraft are also carrying out retardant drops around Kennedys Bush and Summit Road,” Stackhouse said.

“We are aware north-westerly wind gusts will be picking up from midday, so our main priority continues to be suppression,” he said.

Fire and Emergency personnel have been allowing farmers access to manage their stock this morning.

Fire investigators remain at the scene today. A cause of the fire is not yet known.

All roadblocks remain in place and people are asked to stay away so emergency services are not delayed in moving in and out of the area.

Meanwhile crews have been responding to vegetation fires elsewhere in the Canterbury region.

Crews have managed to contain a fire that was threatening structures in Rolleston, Selwyn. Eight trucks are in attendance and are in the process of mopping up.

Crews have also contained and extinguished a fire that broke out earlier this morning at View Hill in the Waimakariri District. They have since left the scene.

With hot weather and wind forecast for the Canterbury region, Fire and Emergency is reminding the public to be extra vigilant.

Stackhouse said hot and windy weather will create extreme fire behaviour if any new fires start.

“We ask everyone across Canterbury to take great care with any activities that could cause any sparks and start another fire,” he said.

Evacuation centres have been set up at the Te Hāpua Halswell Centre and the Lincoln Community Centre to assist those affected.

A Christchurch resident near Sugar Loaf said they have been watching diggers clearing an extra-wide track near the Christchurch Adventure Park, dousing any fires that come close to it with dirt.

Looking down on the Christchurch Adventure Park from Sugar Loaf. Image: Michelle Morrow.

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch is a journalist, videographer and content producer, broadcasting from his independent news and production company in Christchurch, New Zealand. If you have a news tip or are interested in video content, email [email protected]

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