Residents flee ‘dynamic’, raging New Zealand fires

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.

Smoke rises from a wildfire coming over the ridge behind a residential area in Wakefield, New Zealand, on Friday.

Smoke rises from a wildfire coming over the ridge behind a residential area in Wakefield, New Zealand, on Friday. Credit:AP

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.

AAP

Источник: Theage.com.au

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