The Christchurch Port Hills fire is now a civil emergency

Whaleoil readers have been sharing their own photos and reports.  Now that the fire is more than a nuisance, we’ll follow its progress here.


– A state of emergency has been declared in Christchurch and Selwyn.
– A number of houses have been destroyed.
– Around 450 houses have been evacuated.
– The blazes have burned through 1850 hectares of land.
– One person has been killed fighting the fires – chopper pilot and ex-SAS solider Steve Askin.
– Dozens of homes are without power.

– A number of evacuation centres have been set up at Halswell Library, Selwyn Events Centre in Lincoln, Te Hapua Halswell Centre on Halswell Rd, Nga Hau e Wha Marae on Pages Rd.
– A Facebook page has been set up for fire evacuees. Find it here.
– People are being advised to stay away from the hills and also to prepare for swift evacuation.




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