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New Zealand: thousands to leave homes due to fire

Due to a huge Bush fire in new Zealand, about 3,000 people had to leave their houses and apartments. Other residents around the town of Nelson on the South island of the Pacific heads of state were invited, to evacuations, to prepare.

This is police said on Saturday. The fire had already destroyed more than 2000 acres of Land in a radius of 27 kilometers. Human life, animals and property were in danger, said Roger Ball from the local civil protection media on Saturday.

Brand broke out on Tuesday afternoon in the Pigeon Valley. Around 400 people had to leave their houses and apartments. Only on Friday were evacuated in the city of Wakefield, 25 miles South of Nelson, approximately 860 homes. Investigators believe that the fire was accidentally triggered during the ploughing of a pasture.

Dry weather and the Wind causes

Around 150 firefighters are currently in use, such as the new Zealand fire and rescue service (FENZ) announced. A particularly large concern were the Fire fighters, fierce winds, which were expected by Sunday, said FENZ-regional Manager, John Sutton.

According to the fire experts, Grant Pearce, the "very hot, dry and windy weather of recent months had" the wooded area dried up and the fire danger increases. (fal/sda)

Created: 09.02.2019, 12:11 PM

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