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Pigeon Valley Fire – Update 5

Following the Civil Defence declaration at 8am this morning, approximately 170 homes have been evacuated, the latest in the Pigeon Valley South area.

Although the growth of the fire has slowed with the lower temperatures and more moisture in the air this morning, the situation could change quickly if the temperatures and wind climb. Ground crews are in place in the Eves Valley, Redwood Park and Pigeon Valley areas and 16 helicopters are working to protect homes and manage the fire. Bulldozers are also working on containment lines in key areas.

All residents evacuated or self-evacuated are asked to report to the Civil Defence Centre at St John’s Church, Wakefield to register. The Centre can provide welfare information and help with accommodation for those who need it. For those who can’t make it to the centre, please call 03 543 8400 to register by phone.

Residents who evacuate should take essential items such as food, clothing and medication and make provision for livestock and pets. Keep an eye on our Facebook pages to get see updates on the fire, more information on the cordons and if it is safe to return to your home.

Livestock and Pets
Livestock needing to be evacuated due to the Pigeon Valley Fire can be accommodated at the Richmond Showgrounds.

Horses, sheep and goats can be accommodated in empty stables –use the Campground Gate to the Showgrounds and follow the road to the stable blocks. Please leave your name and contact number on the stable door and provide food for your animals. There is water available onsite.

For sheep and cattle – please call the contact centre on 03 543 8400 and we can help make arrangements for you to get access to the racecourse oval to accommodate them.

We continue to encourage people to take their animals with them when they evacuate. Wakefield Civil Defence Centre will take pets.

More information
It is important that we look after each other, and if you have concerns about the well-being of anyone please contact the Tasman District Council Call Centre on 03 543 8400.

Updates will be available on the Nelson Tasman Civil Defence Facebook page, both Nelson City and Tasman District Council Facebook pages and websites, and through BrianFm radio at 105.6 FM.

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