The fires on the Port Hills sound bad, with a large area affected and hundreds of homes evacuated.
Stuff reports Christchurch Port Hills fires: What you need to know
Fires are continuing to rage in Christchurch. Here’s what you need to know.
If you are at all worried or uncomfortable remaining in your home, please evacuate. You can go to any of the city welfare centres for assistance. So far 450 properties have been officially evacuated.
The fire now covers more than 1800 hectares, or 18 square kilometres.
Eight houses are believed to have been damaged by the fire since yesterday, on Early Valley Rd and Worsley Rd. An earlier police estimate that as many as 40 homes had “been lost” to the flames has been drastically revised.
A total fire ban is now in place from South Canterbury through to the north end of the Hurunui District, including Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.
If widespread evacuation is needed, emergency services will inform residents directly.
People are advised to close their windows to keep the smoke from the fires out – especially asthmatics and the elderly
The weather in Christchurch will be dry and warm today, with winds forecast in the afternoon.
So it’s bad and could continue to get worse. And disaster gawkers are causing additional problems.
People are advised to stay away from the hills to allow emergency services access and ensure swift evacuation. Do not rubber-neck.
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