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By Robyn Bristow

Smoke is billowing from a mountain of tyres on the outskirts of Amberley.

The fire began around 3pm on Friday, and Fire and Emergency New Zealand are on the scene.

One resident reported seeing a huge billowing black cloud of smoke and went to investigate. She says a pile of tyres are on fire and firemen were preparing to deal with it.

FENZ was called at about 3.10pm. Multiple crews from Amberley, Waipara, Woodend, Waikari, Sefton, Rangiora and command unit from Christchurch are in attendance.
Fire and Emergency is advising people living downwind from the fire to keep their doors and windows shut.
People in the area are also being advised to stay away from the fire.
Hundreds of tyres are still piled high on  the Racecourse Road property, despite efforts to get rid of them.
Nearby residents have lobbied to have them removed fearful of another fire, following a huge fire several years ago.

Tyre fire . . . a huge plume of black smoke billows into the air from a fire in a pile of tyres on a Racecourse Road property near Amberley. Photo: Supplied
A person has since been prosecuted in the Courts for lighting the fire.
Environment Canterbury and the Hurunui District Council have been working for a couple of years to get the stockpile at 122 Racecourse Road removed.

In mid-December last year Peter Benden, a director of one of the companies which failed to remove the tyres from Racecourse Road Amberley under an Enforcement Order issued by the Environment Court, was sentenced by the Court.

He was fined him $36,000 and required to pay $20,000 toward the costs of removing the tyre pile.

The enforcement orders were granted in response to court action filed by ECan in December 2017.

Some of the tyres have been removed, but hundreds remain.

 

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