Severe winds bring risk
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.