Pigeon Valley Fire Update 2230hrs
Over 60 firefighters and 5 helicopters have been battling the fire in Pigeon Valley since this afternoon. Nelson Tasman Civil Defence and Emergency Management have been supporting Fire and Emergency New Zealand and other agencies during the initial reponse.
The fire is now moving north towards Eves Valley and Teapot Valley and residents in this area are being evacuated.
Please do not try and visit the site and stay off surrounding roads so emergency services can do their work.
Civil Defence centre at St John's Anglican Church Hall, Wakefield
A Civil Defence centre has been opened in Wakefield for evacuees from the Pigeon Valley fire at St John's Anglican church, Edwards Street, Wakefield.
It is asked that people who have been evacuated, or self-evacuate, register at the centre to ensure their whereabouts is known regardless if they choose to stay there or not.
If you need to evacuate your home, here's what to take
- Pack only the essentials.
- Gather up your pets if safe to do so.
- Gather important documents.
- Warm/change of clothing.
Emergency services staff will visit you if you need to evacuate.
Access will only be allowed for emergency vehicles.
- Eves Valley Road now closed from Waimea West Road
- Pigeon Valley Road from the South Branch turnoff is closed
- Dovedale Road closed from Brandy Creek.
- Golden Hills Road closed
- Redwood Valley Road closed
The fire is being attended by all local units of Fire and Emergency.
The fire that began mid-afternoon is currently covering more than 120 hectares and is growing in a North-easterly direction in dry hot conditions and strong winds.