Fire and Emergency crews will remain on the fire ground at Kirwee this afternoon.
The large vegetation fire that burnt through pines and scrub in an area estimated at 2.5km long and 500m wide, is now under control.
Incident Controller Dave Berry says 50 firefighters supported by three helicopters, heavy machinery and support personal are making good progress at the fire ground.
“Our crews have managed to contain and control the fire, and are now working on suppressing the perimeter.
“This afternoon they will continue work to remove dangerous trees, extinguish any deep-seated burning and deal with any spot fires,” says Dave Berry.
“Crews are working hard in hot and dry conditions. Today’s hot and windy weather will drive up the fire risk.
“In these conditions, fires will start quickly and spread quickly. We ask that everyone in Canterbury is extra vigilant, especially with any activities that could cause any sparks and start another fire.”