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Christchurch Civil Defence Update #9

Christchurch Civil Defence Update #9

Thursday 16 February 2017

Update on Port Hills Fire 3:25am

There are still some very active fire fronts up on the Port Hills, but not as many as there were prior to midnight. A large number of fire crews have been on the ground working hard to protect properties overnight, and the drop in fire activity can also be attributed to a decrease in temperature and a rise in humidity.

We are expecting helicopters up at first light, and we will have a clearer picture of the situation once day breaks.

Approximately 400 households have been evacuated in the areas around Victoria Park/Dyers Pass Road, Worsleys Road, Westmorland and Kennedys Bush.

Police are planning to knock on doors and phone residents in areas that must evacuate. However, if people are worried or feel uncomfortable in their home, the advice is to leave.

If listeners or readers are inquiring about where to go for information about the Port Hills Fire, please direct them to www.ccc.govt.nz/newsline and the Christchurch City Council’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/ChristchurchCityCouncil and Christchurch City Council’s Twitter feed @christchurchcc


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