Take a quick glance at maps colouring New Zealand's projected fire danger.

Today, the situation that rural firefighters like Rob Hands face isn't as bad as it could be.

Those places that have a higher number of days toward the riskier end of the dial are where you'd expect: Gisborne, Canterbury, the upper-eastern tip of the South Island.

Jump forward to 2040 and these coded yellow and red swathes expand to consume much of New Zealand. Then skip to 2090 and there isn't much of the country that's left green.

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If you want to visualise what this might look like

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