Thousands Leave Their Homes as Wildfire Burns on New Zealand's South Island
A bushfire near the New Zealand South Island city of Nelson burned for a fifth day on Saturday, February 9.
More than 2,500 people evacuated their homes in nearby areas the day before.The fire in Pigeon Valley led to the biggest aerial firefight on record in New Zealand, according to the NZ Herald.The Pigeon Valley fire spanned 2,100 hectares on Saturday, they reported.
A second fire was reported on Walters Bluff, to the north of Nelson city center on February 8.Nelson Tasman Civil Defence posted on Facebook that there were 23 helicopters, two fixed wing planes, a drone team and around 150 firefighters battling the Pigeon Valley blaze, which was the largest forest fire in the country since 1955, according to reports.This footage shows New Zealand Defence Force personnel assisting firefighters to contain the fires in the region.
Credit: New Zealand Army via Storyful