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Strong winds overnight stir up vegetation fire near Lake Tekapo

Genesis Energy's Tekapo B Power Station.

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Genesis Energy’s Tekapo B Power Station.

Firefighters are working to contain a vegetation fire at Lake Tekapo in the Mackenzie District, which has been fanned by strong winds overnight.

Crews were called to the blaze on private land near the Tekapo power station on Tekapo Powerhouse Road, close to the village, early this morning.

Fire and Emergency said steady rain and calm conditions over the past few hours have given firefighters a chance to create a control line.

They were warning landowners to make sure any old management fires were completely extinguished.

There’s an orange strong wind warning force for the Canterbury high country, with severe gales gusting from 130 to 140km/ph in exposed places.

The winds coincide with a forecast for parts of Westland and Buller to experience heavy rain through until tomorrow morning. As much as 500mm may fall in just over 24 hours.

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