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Pigeon Valley Fire Update 20 as at 9 Feb 2019 0800

Community meetings

Two meetings will be held today, Saturday 9 February:

9am Appleby School

11am Hope Church, 114 Ranzau Road

 

Pigeon Valley fire

The fire continued to burn actively overnight. Over 100 personnel worked hard throughout the night to fight the fire and create a control line with fire breaks now right along the perimeter. There is still large amounts of unburnt vegetation within the control line.

 

Walters Bluff fire

Crews remained at Walters Bluff overnight after a fire broke out around 3pm above Iwa Road yesterday. The fire is still under control and Fire and Emergency crews are there today monitoring.

 

Managed escort                                                                                       

 Residents in the rural areas east of Wakefield who are outside the evacuation zone will have managed access from 8am to 6pm today. The New Zealand Defence Fore will be running escorted convoys through the portion of SH6 that runs through Wakefield township. 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.

 

The Highway remains closed for all other traffic, which would continue to use the signposted detour through the Motueka Valley.

 

The escorted convoys will be running straight through the town with no stopping or diversions. They are not an opportunity for residents within the evacuation zone to check on property.

 

There will be checkpoints at the South end of Wakefield and in the vicinity of Spring Grove for those needing to join the convoy.

 

Wakefield Evacuations

Two evacuations have been completed for Wakefield residents along:

  1. Residents north of SH6 between Pigeon Valley Road and Simmonds Road.
  2. Residents in the area bordered by Barton Lane, Higgins Road and Baigent Valley Road.

Around 860 properties have been evacuated from this area.

 

As a precautionary measure, remaining residents in Wakefield should be ready to evacuate.

People are asked to please take water, food, medicines, pets and valuables and asked to register at Saxton Field Stadium, Stoke or ring 03 543 8400.

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