Nelson bush fire: What you need to know

2019-02-27 08:33:21

Residents can return home as the Redwood Valley blaze slows down. Here's what you need to know about the blaze near Redwood Valley.

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Evacuated residents can return home after Fire and Emergency deemed it safe enough.

The return is based on the provision that residents be ready to evacuate again at short notice.

On Wednesday afternoon, residents on the Moutere Highway between Old Coach Rd and Maisey Rd were instructed to evacuate. Police said 97 people were evacuated from their homes.

A Civil Defence Centre has been set up located at New Life Church, 85 Wensley Rd.


The fire is approximately 5 hectares, Nelson Fire Brigade said. Crews have slowed the momentum but are still working to contain the fire and stop it from spreading.

Crews are confident they have been able to gain a decent foothold in fighting the fire, Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ) said.


Winds and low humidity today meant conditions for fire risk were heightened, resulting in challenging fire conditions, FENZ said.

Forecasters predict the next five days will be bone dry in the region. There is a chance of a "sprinkle" of rain this evening however.

Metservice meteorologist Angus Hines said Nelson is experiencing strong west to north west winds gusting in the 40kmh to 50kmh range. The winds are expected to swing around to south westerly this evening, remaining strong before easing off over night.

Conditions are set to improve for fire control over the following days with lighter winds forecast for tomorrow and leading into the weekend.


Anyone in the Redwood area needing emergency boarding for their animals can call the Nelson SPCA on 03 547 7171.

Alternatively, people can take animals to the A&P showgrounds, lower Queen St, Richmond.


Fire, police or ambulance: 111

Nelson Tasman Civil Defence: 03 543 7290

Tasman District Council: 03 543 8400

Nelson District Council: 03 546 0200

Rural Support Trust: 0800 787 254

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