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Firefighter battle blazes on Port Hills

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/02/2017

Around 100 firefighters have been battling to contain two bush fires on Christchurch's Port Hills.

The first fire began in scrub and pine trees on Early Valley Road late on Monday afternoon, before a second blaze started on the Summit Road.

Four helicopters and 15 tankers and appliances are being used and Selwyn District principal rural fire officer Douglas Marshall says the focus is on property protection.

"We're just hoping we can get a bit of lull in the weather," he said.

He said houses had not been under serious threat so far.

"We've managed to protect them at this stage, but we're continuing to concentrate on property protection in case we get a bit of wind change," he said.

Mr Marshall said the second fire had stretched resources.

He said the wind was dropping a bit, which was helping, "but at this stage we wouldn't say we've got it contained".

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