Fire & Emergency New Zealand

Pukaki Downs fire update #2

Pukaki Downs fire update #2

10.15pm update

Six properties have been evacuated as a precaution due to the large fire at Pukaki Downs, north of Twizel.

Police assisted with some of the evacuations, while some residents chose to self-evacuate. 

Fire and Emergency Assistant Commander Paul Tinsley says Mount Cook Road/State Highway 80 will be closed overnight between the Alpine Lavender Farm and the intersection with State Highway 8. A Command Point has been established at this intersection.

Crews are continuing to undertake reconnaissance of the fire and monitor its progress through the night, but active firefighting remains too dangerous due to the high winds in the area.