Fire ban flouted
The Cust volunteer fire brigade was called out four times during last weekend, prompting fears that people are not respecting the importance of the fire ban in North Canterbury.
One call-out was in response to smoke seen in the Ashley riverbed at Fernside, where the brigade put out a campfire about 10pm on Saturday night.
"The person involved had a pretty cold night afterwards, " Cust chief fire officer Peter Clements said.
The Rangiora volunteer brigade also had a busy weekend, answering six separate callouts, most of them between 3am and 9pm on Saturday.
Spokesman Hamish Peter said a couple of suspicious vegetation fires, a false alarm and a car accident kept the firemen busy.