A fire has closed State Highway 1, Main South Road, south-west of Christchurch this afternoon as a hot norwest wind blows smoke around the area reducing visibility.
Drivers are asked to avoid the Templeton area and take a different route. Emergency Services and road crews are providing directions.
At this stage it is not known how long it will take before the highway is reopened. Check this link for updates: www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/roadclosures/243059(external link)
“These routes will be much busier than normal so please take care, slow down and anticipate a much slower than usual journey,” says Lee Wright, Transport Agency Journey Manager.
Waterloo Road (which runs alongside the state highway) has been closed between Barters Road and Kirk Road.