Things have got pretty bad up there this afternoon. The new Adventure park is apparently toast and Westmoreland has been evacuated. Lots of smoke around even here in Riccarton. I took this from the end of the road an hour and a half ago. It's even worse now. Feel sort of sick.
KerryM wrote: When you get to that level of dry and that level of fire load it doesn't take much to become a disaster
Hope all are staying safe. The best place to be in those conditions is somewhere else
Yeah, it's been very hot and dry lately. This stuff happens even in developed countries as the experiences in California and Australia attest. Unfortunately it looks like it has now crossed into Victoria park and across Dyers Pass road. I wonder what the morning will bring.