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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 57: Helicopter pilot injured

At approximately 1450 hours today news was received that a helicopter had crashed while fighting the Pigeon Valley Fire.

Civil Defence Controller Roger Ball said the pilot was out of the helicopter and is receiving treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

Fire Controller for Fire and Emergency New Zealand Trevor Mitchell says all air operations have currently ceased until further notice.

Our thoughts are with the pilot and his family at this time.

No further details are currently available.

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