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Latest recovery newsletter - 18/04/2019 4:38pm

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Latest recovery newsletter - 15/04/2019 2:47pm

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Latest recovery newsletter - 05/04/2019 4:11pm

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Heavy rain warning issued 31 March - 31/03/2019 12:27pm

Metservice have issued a heavy rain warning for our region.

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Water discolouration with coming rain - 27/03/2019 12:08pm

Rain is coming and as the Pigeon Valley fire left behind a very large amount of ash and debris, you’ll most likely see discoloured water/waterways for a period of time.

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Land remediation update - 11/03/2019 4:02pm

Now that the Pigeon Valley fire is controlled, we will be working towards remediating damage caused by the fire and equipment used to contain it.

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Donations and offers of support - 11/03/2019 4:01pm

The amount of support from the community throughout the last several weeks has been amazing. As we’ve moved into the recovery phase, we’re asking people who wish to donate to...

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Pigeon Valley fire controlled, notice to evacuate lifted - 06/03/2019 3:28pm

The Pigeon Valley fire is now controlled and the notice to evacuate is lifted.

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Tasman transitions to recovery after Pigeon Valley fire - 01/03/2019 12:18pm

With the Civil Defence State of Emergency being lifted as of 8am on Wednesday February 27, we are now transitioning into the recovery phase.

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Welfare support provided - Moutere Highway Fire - 28/02/2019 10:35am

In support of the Fire and Emergency New Zealand who responded to a fire around the Moutere Highway area, the Nelson Tasman CDEM Group were on hand to provide welfare...

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Residents evacuated in Moutere Hill Fire can return - 27/02/2019 8:37pm

Fire and Emergency has determined that it is safe for the majority of residents evacuated this afternoon following the fire in Upper Moutere to return home.

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CDEM provides support to Upper Moutere fire - 27/02/2019 5:27pm

There is currently no local state of emergency in place. Therefore the current incident in Upper Moutere is being managed by Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) supported by other agencies.

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 74 - 27/02/2019 10:16am

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 73 Tuesday 26 February - 26/02/2019 4:43pm

The Minister of Maori Development and Local Government and Associate Minister for Housing Hon. Nanaia Mahuta arrived in Nelson today for a visit to the EOC to acknowledge and endorse...

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 72 Monday 25 February - 25/02/2019 3:32pm

Fire updateGood weather conditions have aided the firefighting effort. Fire and Emergency New Zealand has achieved a 30-metre "blackout" zone around the entire perimeter of the fire, a goal they...

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 71 - remaining cordons lifted - 24/02/2019 6:38pm

As of 6pm on Sunday 24 February, the remaining controlled access cordons in Teapot, Eves and Redwood valleys have been lifted.

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 70: Crews close in on fire perimeter milestone - 24/02/2019 11:55am

Firefighters working to control the Pigeon Valley fire expect to have created a 30 metre ‘black-out’ zone around the fire area by the end of the day (Sunday 24 February).

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 69: Shifting winds a concern on fire ground - 23/02/2019 12:35pm

As always, we’ve got an eagle eye on the weather. Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) reports that strong winds about 2am forced them to call a halt to overnight...

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 68: Wakefield prepare to evacuate notice lifted - 22/02/2019 8:05am

Wakefield prepare to evacuate notice lifted Civil Defence Group Controller Roger Ball has lifted the conditional re-entry status for Wakefield.

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 67: Fire situation remains volatile - 21/02/2019 1:32pm

Residents returning but risk remains

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 66: Controlled access for last evacuated residents - 21/02/2019 7:54am

The last group of evacuated residents will be granted controlled access to their properties from today, Civil Defence Controller Alec Louverdis has confirmed.

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 65: Restricted access for Valleys residents - 20/02/2019 7:47am

Restricted access today for Valleys residents

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Pigeon Valley Update 64: State of Emergency extended - 19/02/2019 1:17pm

After discussions between Fire and Emergency, Police, the Civil Defence Controller and other agencies involved in the response, Mayor Richard Kempthorne has made the decision to extend the State of...

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 63: Valleys access approved - 19/02/2019 7:33am

Access for Valley Residents todayResidents of Redwood, Teapot and Eves Valley will all be able to access their properties from 8 am until 2 pm today.Controller Roger Ball said the...

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Pigeon Valley fire update 62: Decision due on Valleys access - 18/02/2019 7:33pm

Access to Teapot, Eves and Redwood Valleys

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Pigeon Valley fire update 61: Sea breeze aids firefighting - 18/02/2019 5:21pm

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Pigeon Valley Fire update 60: Help available for workers - 18/02/2019 3:25pm

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Pigeon Valley Fire update 59: Resident access cancelled for Eves, Redwood, Teapot valleys - 18/02/2019 10:31am

Residents access

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 58: No access for valley residents today - 18/02/2019 7:41am

No Access for Valley Residents Today Monday 18 February

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 57: Helicopter pilot injured - 17/02/2019 3:36pm

At approximately 1450 hours today news was received that a helicopter had crashed while fighting the Pigeon Valley Fire.

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 56: Update on access arrangement for Valleys residents - 17/02/2019 8:03am

Residents of the remaining 14 evacuated properties from Pigeon Valley will have conditional re-entry from 8am today.

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 55: Restricted Access Visits - 16/02/2019 9:45pm

Residents of Teapot, Eves and Redwood Valley, and those from Pigeon Valley who are still evacuated, will have restricted entry to their properties tomorrow, weather and fire conditions permitting.

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Newsletter #8 and Media update 54 - Saturday 16 February - 16/02/2019 3:35pm

Fire crews have been keeping a close watch on the fireground as high winds today cause flare-ups and more hotspots.

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 53: High winds cancel access to valleys - 16/02/2019 8:17am

Restricted residential access to fire-affected valleys today (16 February) has been cancelled.

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Residents of 14 more properties can return home from 8am Saturday - 15/02/2019 7:00pm

Residents of a further 14 properties can return to their homes from 8am tomorrow (Saturday 16 February).

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 51: Calm night aids firefighting effort - 15/02/2019 11:11am

Watch: Fire and Emergency insight into Pigeon Valley fire behaviour

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Timetable for agencies at the Civil Defence Centre on Friday 15 February - 15/02/2019 12:02am

If you need health or financial advice or assistance, several agencies will be available to help you tomorrow.

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Another 40 properties approved for conditional re-entry - 14/02/2019 6:17pm

Around 40 additional properties in the fire-affected valleys have today been approved for conditional re-entry from 8am tomorrow (Friday) morning.

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Machinery use information - 14/02/2019 5:23pm

A process has been agreed to allow exemptions for contractors and businesses following the ban on use of machinery within the area affected by the Pigeon Valley fire.

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 50: Fire crews make progress on containment line - 14/02/2019 4:33pm

Fire fighting crews have made good progress today in their work to ‘black out’ a 10m containment line around the perimeter.

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 49: Some Pigeon Valley residents return home - 14/02/2019 9:46am

Residents of about 74 properties in south Pigeon Valley have been able to return home on a 'conditional re-entry' basis from 8am today.

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Pigeon Valley Fire update 48: 9pm 13 February - 13/02/2019 9:32pm

There has been excellent work today containing the fire following the flare-ups that occurred last night.

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 47: New newsletter and reminder about tonight's community meeting - 13/02/2019 5:28pm

Don't forget to come along to the community meeting tonight at the Hope Community Church, Raznau Road, starting at 7pm.

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Paul Palmer: A helping hand for the hard of hearing - 13/02/2019 1:48pm

You will have noticed Paul Palmer signing for media briefings and community meetings during the Pigeon Valley Fire.

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 46: Kerbside collections in the Valleys - 13/02/2019 11:58am

Council collections for rubbish and recycling will take place in Redwood Valley, Golden Hills Road, Eves Valley and Teapot Valley on Wednesday as far as the cordons.

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 45: Flare-ups keep crews busy overnight - 13/02/2019 10:04am

There was an increase in fire activity last night due to a drop in humidity a few flare-ups and a breach in the control line around the east of the...

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 44: State of emergency extended - 12/02/2019 4:29pm

The State of Civil Defence Emergency has been extended for a further week. This will enable the emergency efforts to continue to be well resourced with support from all agencies...

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 43: Residents granted restricted access to homes - 12/02/2019 1:09pm

Restricted access for residents

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 42: Work continues on conditional re-entry to evacuated areas - 12/02/2019 10:26am

Work continues today to assess the possibility of conditional re-entry to the remaining evacuated areas. The planning and assessment of this is a complex process.Factors that need to be considered...

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 41: Postal services resume in Wakefield - 12/02/2019 9:00am

Normal postal services will resume today in the Wakefield residential areas.

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