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Live updates on Nelson fire, day 8: Nelson firefighters to work for weeks

Firefighters tackle fire in Moutere North Forest in north-eastern sector of fire zone near Nelson. - Photo: RNZ / Andrew McRae

Wakefield evacuees have spent their first night back home after their town was declared safe from the nearby forest fire, for now.

There is still no word on when hundreds evacuated from valleys south of the town will be able to return home.

Emergency services are expected to maintain a presence in the fire-affected region into March.

People who attended community meetings in Appleby and Hope last night were told trees have become unstable and could topple, as the land is so dry, the fire has gone deep into the ground and into roots.

The area needs 75 millimetres of rain for grass to green up, but there is no rain on the 15-day radar.

Essential information:

  •   •  Stay up-to-date with the latest information from Tasman Civil Defence on their social page.

  •   •  People forcibly or voluntarily evacuating the area 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.

  •   •  View an interactive map of the area with estimated fire size, closures, evacuation zones. Disclaimer: for official public information see Tasman Civil Defence.

  •   •  Feel in danger? People who feel in danger should call 111. If you or your family and friends in the affected areas need assistance, contact Nelson Tasman Civil Defence. Anyone with a medical, welfare or other need are asked to reach out for support.

  •   •  Health and welfare, stress or anxiety: Care for those around you, including neighbours and especially the ill and elderly and those who live alone. For medical help contact your GP first or emergency department for emergencies. Talking can be therapeutic. Further advice from Nelson Marlborough DHB.

  •   •  If you want to donate to the Mayoral Relief fund, please use the following details: Tasman District Council, ASB Bank Ltd, Nelson Commercial Banking; account number: 12-3193-0002048-03

Check this map for basic information, but do not rely on it for accuracy if you are in the area

More of RNZ's coverage of the Nelson fires:


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