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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 65 0745 Wednesday 20 19 Feb 2019 - 20/02/2019 7:47am

Restricted access today for Valleys residents

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Pigeon Valley Update 64 Tuesday 19 February 20191330hrs - 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 0730 Tuesday 19 Feb 2019 - 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: Monday 18 February 1930 hours - 18/02/2019 7:33pm

Access to Teapot, Eves and Redwood Valleys

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Pigeon Valley fire update 61: Monday 18 February 16:45 hours - 18/02/2019 5:21pm

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Pigeon Valley Fire update 60 1530 Monday 18 Feb - 18/02/2019 3:25pm

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Pigeon Valley Fire - general update 59 1030hrs Monday 18 February - 18/02/2019 10:31am

Residents access

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No access for valley residents today: Update 58 Monday 18 Feb 0740 - 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 0745hrs 17 February 2019 - 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 - 2145 hours - 16 Feb 2019 - 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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Exemptions available for some machinery use - 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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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 40: Drones work through night to identify hotspots - 12/02/2019 7:54am

Overnight, FENZ resources included one drone team (four drones); 85 fire personnel consisting of 14 vegetation crews and 11 structure crews, nine excavators/bulldozers and two tanker crews.

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What you need to know about the ban on machinery use - fire update 39 - 12/02/2019 3:51am

Where did the directive come from?

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 38: Prohibited Activities - 11/02/2019 6:39pm

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Farmers, contractors and anyone using certain types of outdoor machinery in part of the Nelson Tasman region will need to defer their activities because of the extreme fire danger in...

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 37: Community meetings to be live streamed - 11/02/2019 5:25pm

While residents of Wakefield today have received welcome news they can return home, we are conscious that there are others who are not yet able to do so.

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Pigeon Valley Fire update 36: Wakefield residents allowed home - 11/02/2019 4:12pm

Wakefield residents evacuated from their properties can return home.

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 35 More than 700 animals cared for at Showgrounds - 11/02/2019 3:45pm

More than 700 animals are being cared for by the Ministry for Primary Industries, SPCA, Helping You Help Animals trust (HUHANZ), and volunteers at the Richmond Showgrounds.

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 34 Fire response numbers - 11/02/2019 1:57pm

Helicopters are today targeting firefighting efforts on the southeast boundary of Wakefield.

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 33 Decision due on Wakefield access - 11/02/2019 12:28pm

Because of progress that has been made on the fire ground, we are aiming to allow Wakefield residents to return home later today.

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 32 - 11/02/2019 11:32am

Community meetings scheduled for later today will continue as planned.

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 31 - 11/02/2019 10:06am

Planning underway to allow Wakefield residents to return home

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 30: 11 February 2019 0800 hours - 11/02/2019 7:55am

Fire managers flew heat-seeking drones over the fire ground overnight.

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Information for people needing health advice or healthcare - 11/02/2019 12:15am

The usual fees for GP visits and pharmacy prescriptions will be waived for fire-related appointments.

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 29: 10 February 2019 2220 hours - 10/02/2019 10:21pm

Reminder: A state of emergency is still in place, please respect cordons and follow instructions of emergency services.

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 28 - 10 February 2019 1715 hours - 10/02/2019 5:34pm

Reminder: A state of emergency is still in place

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 27 - 10 February 2019 2.30pm - emergency directive, controlled burn - 10/02/2019 2:57pm

Reminder: A state of emergency is still in place

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 26 - Residents' Access to Cordons - 10 February 2019 10am - 10/02/2019 10:42am

FENZ had a good night and now have a control line around the fire perimeter. There were no major issues overnight.

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Emergency directive prohibits some activities to reduce fire risk - 10/02/2019 5:42am

Farmers, contractors and anyone using certain types of outdoor machinery in part of the Nelson Tasman region will need to defer their activities because of the extreme fire danger in...

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 25 - Residents Access to Cordons - 9 February 2019 2300 hours - 09/02/2019 11:16pm

Thanks to the residents of Redwood Valley for their co-operation during the access programme today (9 February).

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 24 - 9 February 2019 1945 hours - 09/02/2019 8:22pm

Residents in the Wai-iti area are being asked to prepare to evacuate. This is a precautionary measure to allow residents time to plan for an orderly departure, should it become...

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Wai-iti area: Prepare to evacuate - 09/02/2019 5:10pm

Residents in the Wai-iti area are advised to prepare to evacuate. The area in yellow on the attached map is covered by this advice.

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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 23 - 2.10pm 9 Feb 2019 - 09/02/2019 2:32pm

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