Pigeon Valley fire controlled, notice to evacuate lifted
The Pigeon Valley fire is now controlled and the notice to evacuate is lifted.
Recovery manager Richard Kirby says this is good news and it means residents in the area around the fire ground no longer have to be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
A controlled fire is one that is extinguished around the perimeter and is not moving. It has a 100 metre “cold zone”.
Please remember there is a total fire ban in place throughout the region. The machinery ban has been lifted but Fire and Emergency NZ encourages businesses and farmers to register through the Tasman District Council website to receive daily fire risk updates.
The fire risk broadcast each day relates to a set of guidelines that for a given risk level indicates what equipment should be carried and what restrictions should be put on activities.