State of emergency declared, houses lost in Nelson bush fire

We usually only see major bush fires in overseas news, but the fire that started yesterday near Nelson has burnt a wide area, including some houses (number unknown at this stage), and a state of emergency has been declared.

RNZ: Nelson bush fire ‘growing all the time’ as wind fans flames

More than 100 homes have been evacuated in the Nelson region as a forest fire burning 30km from the city continues to grow, with firefighters warning it could take four days to extinguish.

The fire which started in Pigeon Valley yesterday afternoon grew to 1870ha with a perimeter of 20km by 3am.

There were reports of homes destroyed in Eves Valley and Redwood Valley, with damage also to areas from Pigeon Valley north to the Inland Moutere Highway and Waimea West Road, Fire and Emergency said.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

* A massive forest fire has taken hold near tinder-dry Nelson.

* A State of Emergency has been declared in Tasman.

* Emergency services said the fire covered about 1870 hectares, with a perimeter of 20km, on Wednesday morning.

* Several houses have been lost in Redwood Valley and Eve Valley, according to the fire service. Residents have been told to evacuate, and those nearby should be ready to leave.

* Residents have also been evacuated from properties in Golden Hills Road, Mallings Road and Greenacres Road.

* Notices of potential evacuation are in place for top end of Sunrise Valley and Deep Dale Road in Upper Moutere and Pigeon Valley.

* 12 crews have been battling the fire overnight, and 12 fresh crews plus at least 10 helicopters and 2 fixed wing aircraft will take over on Wednesday morning.