Se­vere winds bring risk

The Timaru Herald - - News -

With se­vere winds fore­cast for the Can­ter­bury Plains over to­mor­row and Mon­day, Fire and Emer­gency New Zealand has urged peo­ple to take ev­ery pre­cau­tion to stop fires start­ing or spread­ing. ‘‘Hold off light­ing fires un­til the se­vere winds have passed through,’’ Mid-South Can­ter­bury deputy prin­ci­pal ru­ral fire of­fi­cer Don Ged­des said. ‘‘It’s more likely that in these winds, a fire can spread and get out of con­trol. In strong winds air­craft can’t fly which means we can’t use them to put out fires if needed – as hap­pened at fires in the re­gion last week. The strong winds fore­cast for the week­end can cause fires that ap­peared ex­tin­guished to rekin­dle and flare up again,’’ he said.

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