Wai-iti area: Prepare to evacuate
Residents in the Wai-iti area are advised to prepare to evacuate. The area in yellow on the attached map is covered by this advice.
Civil Defence Controller Roger Ball says this is a precautionary measure, which allows residents time to plan for an orderly departure should it become necessary because of the progress of the fire.
There is advice for people who may need to evacuate here: https://www.happens.nz/impacts/have-to-evacuate/
People with animals may want to consider moving these proactively.
Large animals of all types can be taken to 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 on site. 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. Pets can be taken to the Welfare Centre in Stoke, if required.
Anyone who decides to self-evacuate is asked to register with Civil Defence. Please either call 03 543 8400 or go to the Civil Defence centre at Saxton Pavilion in Stoke.