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Two large fires in Port Hills south of Christchurch

Two fires have broken out on top of the Port Hills south of Christchurch today, and dozens of firefighters have been brought in to bring them under control.

Several fire engines and helicopters have been dispatched to fight the fire, which is being fanned by brisk winds. Source: 1 NEWS

The fire broke out in vegetation on Early Valley Rd near Kennedy's Bush and another has now been confirmed that another has flared up nearby. 

There are about 100 fire personnel, 15 appliances and four helicopters on the scene trying to battle the blaze.

A large fire in the Port Hills south of Christchurch. Source: Will Hoare

Evacuations have been made and a welfare centre has been set up at Tai Tapu School.

Large fires are burning south of Christchurch, and residents are being forced to flee the area as the flames spread. Source: 1 NEWS

At this stage no houses have been affected, but a helicopter is flying overhead to check the vicinity and to scan for anyone who may be in harm's way.

Fire in the Lansdowne area, south of Christchurch. Source: 1 NEWS

The windy conditions are contributing to the spread of the fire.

There have been reports the fire is travelling up the hill, but fire comms says at this stage it is just vegetation on fire.