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Christchurch Civil Defence Update #11

Christchurch Civil Defence Update #11

Thursday 16 February 2017

Update on Port Hills Fire 8.15am

Emergency response agencies are meeting this morning for a joint briefing on the status of the Port Hills fire.

The main message remains - the police are stressing that it is imperative that members of the public keep away from the hills. People “rubber-necking” are disrupting the emergency response and making it harder for police and fire services to do their jobs.

The public are encouraged to follow official updates on the Christchurch City Council’s Newsline website and social media, as well as other emergency services updates.

Schools update

The Ministry of Education has confirmed that both Governors Bay School and Cashmere Primary School are closed. The Ministry will provide further updates as they become available.

Christchurch Adventure Park Update

Firefighters were able to keep the fire away from the Christchurch Adventure Park village overnight and the chair is still running to reduce any hot spots. Fire crews remain stationed near the village. While the fire remains alight there is still a risk to the village and the situation is being monitored.

Metro bus update

Due to the fire and evacuations all Metro bus Blue Line trips will end at Princess Margaret Hospital until further notice. No trips will run to the Cashmere Hill.

Due to the fire on the Port Hills all trips travelling to Westmorland will end their trips on Cashmere Road near Penruddock Rise. Bus trips will depart travelling towards Eastgate from stop 33348 on Cashmere Road instead. This is until further notice.

Please check the metro web site on www.metroinfo.co.nz


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