Pigeon Valley Fire Update 22 - 1250 hours 9 Feb 2019
Pigeon Valley fire
Fire activity has increased this morning and past the trigger point, passing the trigger point for evacuation for the Wakefield area at around midnight last night. Our most significant efforts are currently focused on a fire front near Wakefield which is moving slowly downslope.
Today there are:
- · 23 helicopters
- · 2 fixed wing planes
- · 1 drone team
- · 29 firefighting crews and around 150 firefighters
- · 47 Incident Management staff
- · 23 heavy machines (excavators and dozers)
…fighting the fire. Additional resources from around the country will also be arriving to assist and replace some crews who have been working for 5 days.
The relative humidity has increased this morning which will help firefighting efforts today. Today’s winds are also forecast to be lower than yesterday, gusting up to around 30km/h by 6pm today. Tomorrow’s weather conditions are likely to be similar to today however, wind gusts are predicted to reach up to around 50km/h.
Walters Bluff fire
The fire at Walters Bluff is still under control and three crews and a bulldozer will be on site working to extinguish remaining fire.
A reminder that it’s very normal to feel anxious during an emergency event such as a fire. Talking to people and helping others can be useful.
If you need further support for yourself or for others, call your General Practice or Healthline on 0800 611 116.
The smoke may also cause you to experience some symptoms such as irritated eyes, nose, throat and airways, due to the smoke. These should go away once you remove yourself from the smoke.
If your symptoms worsen and do not respond to their usual measures, call your General Practice or Healthline 0800 611 116. If you experience breathlessness or chest pain, call 111.
Any evacuees who are needing assistance with accommodation, please contact the Civil Defence Centre at Saxton Field Stadium, Stoke or ring 03 543 8400.
The New Zealand Defence Force are continuing to run escorted convoys through the portion of SH6 that runs through Wakefield township from 8am to 6pm today. This will allow access through Wakefield for residents who would otherwise not be able to get past cordons on Eighty Eight Valley Rd, Totara Rd, Church Valley Rd and Bridge Valley Rd.
We ask that the community please be patient as we manage this.
Reminder: All those who have evacuated are asked to register at Saxton Field Stadium, Stoke or ring 03 543 8400.
As a precautionary measure, nearby residents should be ready to evacuate. Anyone preparing to evacuate should:
- Follow the fire safety tips below
- Find any house pets (cats and dogs), bring them inside for the night
- Leave cellphones on and charged overnight so you can receive alerts
- If you see spot fires – dial 111 immediately
- Prepare essential items such as food, clothing and medication to take should you need to evacuate
Fire safety tips
Below are some ways that you can reduce fire risk to your property:
- Remove flammable items from around your house such as deck furniture, firewood and door mats.
- Dampen dry areas around the house, especially where dry leaves could gather, such as gutters, decks, and making sure gaps are not open under the house.
- Keep gutters clear.
- Keep windows closed.
More information about rural fire safety and protecting you and your property can be found –
- · https://fireandemergency.nz/farms-rural-properties-and-rural-businesses/landscaping-fire-safety/,
- · https://fireandemergency.nz/farms-rural-properties-and-rural-businesses/rural-property-checklist/
More information is available at www.nelsontasmancivildefence.co.nz