More than 2500 people have had to leave their homes as New Zealand’s largest forest fire in 64 years continues to burn for a fifth day near Nelson on the South Island.
Over 100 personnel worked throughout the night to fight the fire that now covers 2100 hectares with a 27-kilometre perimeter, Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) regional manager John Sutton told media on Saturday.
The fire continued to burn actively overnight and is still not in control.
Civil Defence incident controller Roger Ball told media a threat to life and property remained.
«The situation is changeable. It is dynamic,» he warned.
A contingent of 22 helicopters is also fighting the country’s largest forest fire since a blaze in Canterbury in 1955.