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Ok. So we all know that the temperatures are going to skyrocket
for the first part of the week. Hot today and even hotter tomorrow, with 25 predicted for
this afternoon, and a pair of 31s to follow for Tuesday and Wednesday.
The soaring temperatures will be accompanied by
strengthening north-to-north-westerly winds for inland areas, creating extreme
fire behaviour conditions.
And that’s just what’s predicted.
Both weathermen, and the Fire and Emergency New Zealand team,
acknowledge that it could be even hotter than the forecasted temperatures,
especially at the foot of the mountains.
Which all makes the Waimakariri extremely vulnerable to an
outbreak of fires over the next few days, meaning that your vigilance and fire-sense
Think twice before undertaking any activity that might carry
a fire risk – intended or otherwise.
Avoid any outdoor activities in the first part of the week
that could generate sparks during the hottest parts of the day, typically from
11am to 7pm.
This includes grinding, welding, chain sawing and even
mowing lawns on stony ground.
General care should be taken with any motorised or power
tools, ensuring that they are well maintained and not left where hot exhausts
or working parts could be exposed to dry vegetation.
Most importantly, keep an eye out for any smoke that you
see, and alert the fire brigade immediately when you see it.
As well as human ignition, such as the car fire that broke
out in Hurunui yesterday, fires can also start through natural causes, as
proved to be the case over the weekend when two North Canterbury fires were
caused by lightning strikes.
This is particular relevant for tonight when the unsettled
nature of the airflow over the Alps creates the conditions for further
electrical activity in the night sky.
We are only a week or so from the first anniversary of the
Port Hills fires.
If we all show good fire sense, we will give ourselves the
best chance of avoiding any repeats.