You’ll no doubt be aware of the large 1900 hectare wildfires currently being fought in the Nelson/Tasman region based around Pigeon Valley. Over 100 firefighters, 22 helicopters and 2 winged planes have been deployed to tackle this blaze with many of them volunteers.
Here’s an update for today from Fire and Emergency.
- The predicted moderate weather conditions are allowing a more direct fire attack
- The weather also means that effort can go into extending and improving existing containment lines
- Full containment of the fire is an objective for today
- Hard containment lines around critical infrastructure are a priority
- Trigger points will be established and monitored with the objective of providing three (3) hours warning of conditions that might trigger evacuations
- Plans are for firefighting to continue until Saturday evening
- Requests for additional firefighting resources are being met within the forward planning that has been done
- Planning for re-entry will start today
- Containment lines will be mapped and measured in more detail today
How does this now affect deployment to Tasmania?
Fire and Emergency are continuing with the deployment as scheduled of our firefighters to support Tasmania in fighting the huge wild fires they are experiencing. A risk assessment has been completed on our resourcing across the country and Fire and Emergency NZ are confident that all risk can be managed and covered.
Here at the UFBA we wish to thank each of those personnel involved in these challenging fires for their ongoing commitment in trying to protect the community and land. Kia kaha!
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