Pigeon Valley Fire update 19 - 20:30 hours 08/02/2019

Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Pigeon Valley Fire update 19 - 20:30 hours 08/02/2019


Walters Bluff fire

A fire broke out around 3pm above Iwa Road. Three helicopters, 2 fixed wing planes, 4 appliances and 5 tankers attended the fire which is now under control. A crew will be present overnight.


Wakefield Evacuations

There are two evacuations currently in place for Wakefield residents.

  1. Residents north of SH6 between Pigeon Valley Road and Simmonds Road have been asked to evacuate.
  2. Residents in the area bordered by Barton Lane, Higgins Road and Baigent Valley Road have been asked to evacuate.

Around 860 properties have been evacuated from this area. 

As a precautionary measure, remaining residents in Wakefield should be ready to evacuate.

People are asked to please take water, food, medicines, pets and valuables and asked to register at Saxton Field Stadium, Stoke or ring 03 543 8400.

More information at www.nelsontasmancivildefence.co.nz

Pigeon Valley fire

The fire is currently burning, estimated to be 2100ha with a perimeter of 27km. Fire observers in helicopters have been in position over Wakefield. Drones will be doing further assessment and monitoring of the fire line through the smoke.

During the day, resources have been:

  • 22 helicopters
  • 2 fixed wing planes
  • 141 personnel
  • 15 heavy machines (excavators and dozers)

Community meetings

Two meetings will be held on Saturday 9 February:

9am Appleby School

11am Hope Church, 114 Ranzau Road


Media advisory

The next media stand up will be at 8.30am on Saturday 9 February at Appleby School. Moutere Highway, RD1 Richmond.


Further updates

Updates will be available on the Nelson Tasman Civil Defence website and facebook page, both Nelson City and Tasman District Council facebook pages and websites, and through Newstalk ZB 1341AM and BrianFm radio at 105.6 FM.


Media Contact:
Nelson Tasman Civil Defence and Emergency Management 
027 703 0409

Further updates will be provided as soon as it is available