Video: West Melton fire destroys trees

  • 06/10/2015
Video: West Melton fire destroys trees

A hedge fire at Old West Coast Rd in West Melton this afternoon has been brought under control.

Rural firefighters in Canterbury have had a busy day after the temperature soared into the mid-20s and set off several scrub fires.

The fire in West Melton destroyed a line of trees, as well as a blue gum plantation near Akaroa, and the school house at Lauriston, inland from Ashburton.

Firefighters are already worried about how dry the Canterbury Plains are and fear an El Niño summer will turn the region into a tinderbox.

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