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The Star: February 01, 2018

The Star: February 01,

Supreme NewSpaper oF The Year National Award Winner Star Media A Star Media Event Thursday, February 1, 2018 Sunday 18 March 2018 The best read and largest circulating newspaper in Christchurch city2surf.co.nz Beating a retreat to the beach Taylors Mistake was the place to be yesterday as the hot summer continued to blaze. Temperatures hovered just below the expected 33 deg C, perfect for Victoria Williams (left), 18, Josh Nikora, 18, and Emma Kerr, 19. Rain is expected today, Friday and Saturday before the temperatures begin to climb again with 26 deg C forecast for Monday. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER Fire risk goes to extreme level • By Andrew King HELICOPTERS and fixed-wing aircraft are on standby as the fire risk in Canterbury reaches an extreme level. All fire permits have been suspended for 48 hours. Fire and Emergency New Zealand said fires would start and spread quickly and be difficult to control and mop up. The warning comes just two weeks before the anniversary of the Port Hills fire which ravaged 1600ha, destroyed nine houses and damaged five others. It took 66 days before it was declared fully extinguished. Principal rural fire officer Darrin Woods said volunteer crews have also been put on notice that they could be needed at any time. “We are making sure we are ready in case another big one happens,” he said. Contractors, tradespeople and farmers have been asked to postpone any activities involving machinery, including mowers, grinders, saws, tractors and anything else that could generate a spark or heat. Those who work in rural or semi-rural areas are being told to take every precaution and keep an extinguisher, hose or buckets of water close at hand. There is likely respite on the way with the MetService forecasting rain and cooler temperatures tonight, tomorrow and Saturday. •Turn to page 9