Nelson bush fires

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Several houses have been lost in Redwood Valley in the Nelson region in a large forest fire. A state of emergency has been declared.

People who are close to the fire or downwind of the fire have been evacuated.

The fire broke out mid-afternoon on Tuesday in Pigeon Valley near Nelson – it’s now grown to 1370 hectares.

Conditions are hot and windy and firefighters say they could be battling the blaze for another two to four days.

Twelve firefighting crews, two planes and six helicopters are trying to control the blaze.

Nelson residents are reporting ash is falling over the city, despite the fire being 30km away.

There had not been any rain in the area since December.

23 Responses

  1. That is so sad. All these people leaving there homes just cause someone or something had to start a fire in a FOREST!!. The worst place possible. I guess some people want to see the world burn.

  2. Thank you to all the fantastic people who helped put out the fires that spread around the Nelson region. Without them, God knows what could’ve happened.

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