Firefighters monitor fire in Waihopai Valley in Marlborough

Firefighters will continue dampening down a fire in the Waihopai Valley in Marlborough today.

The blaze flared up yesterday evening, and firefighters have been monitoring it overnight.

A Fire and Emergency spokesperson said there was a flare up at 1am, but it was brought under control.

Crews also monitored fires at Templeton on the outskirts of Christchurch and Omarama overnight, making sure they were out.

Five spot fires along a 2km stretch next to a railway track and the southbound lane of SH1 broke out near Templeton yesterday afternoon, closing State Highway 1 for some time.

Firefighters are due to meet this morning in Marlborough and will continue to monitor the fire there today.

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