State of Emergency in Christchurch

February 16, 2017

A state of emergency has been declared in Christchurch due to the fires raging on the Port Hills. This now means the defence force can help fight the fires.

Overnight, the two main fires merged into one large blaze in excess of 1850 hectares and was growing.

450 Christchurch homes have been evacuated so far, which involves anything up to 1000 people having left their homes. Police are going door to door to evacuate people.

Fire crews on the ground worked through the night to protect properties.

Cashmere Primary School has closed for the day due to being close to the fires.

Christchurch civil defence controller Dave Adamson told Morning Report the weather forecast was not good for firefighting, with winds expected to develop this afternoon.

Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee, who is heading to Christchurch, said the situation was “getting pretty serious”.

Eight homes have been burned down due the the fires.

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  1. brooooooo

    February 21, 2017 at 10:48 am

    it is really sad

  2. Michayla

    February 21, 2017 at 9:42 am

    I think it is really sad. I hope everyone is alright.

  3. Chris

    February 21, 2017 at 9:41 am

    This must be scary that is a big fire I would not like to be there I would be really scared.

  4. Maia

    February 18, 2017 at 9:05 am

    its so sad, the blaze is now over 2075 hectares and it has claimed 8 houses! 😢 good luck guys👍🤞👌

  5. Caleb Albiston

    February 17, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Wow fire rages! #hugefireatchristchurch! Bad news!

  6. Hermione

    February 17, 2017 at 11:47 am

    VERY SAD!!

  7. DarkVenom

    February 16, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    this is very sad i hope all the people are safe and have new homes or places to live very sad!!!

  8. Maria

    February 16, 2017 at 10:22 am

    That is really disappointing. I hope the people who owned those homes are alright! That must be a huge fire because loads of people have been evacuated from their homes. Maria

  9. Zaki

    February 16, 2017 at 9:38 am

    It is really sad that 450 homes have been evacuated and most of the people are now home less, some people have died as well.

  10. Azahra

    February 16, 2017 at 9:37 am

    I feel very sad for the people in Christchurch because the big fire is horting people.

  11. Rina

    February 16, 2017 at 9:32 am

    It is so devastating to hear that people’s homes are going to get burnt down and people are going to become homeless, I hope they can put out the fire soon and everybody is going to be safe 😥.

  12. jam

    February 16, 2017 at 9:31 am

    that is just sad

  13. Ofa🤓

    February 16, 2017 at 9:31 am

    I think this is really sad because a lot of people had to flee their homes, and now many people who live in Christchurch are homeless because of a giant fire 🔥 😥😥 I really hope the fire goes out

  14. Nicholas

    February 16, 2017 at 9:26 am

    So sad

  15. Dexter112

    February 16, 2017 at 9:25 am

    This news is really sad I feel bad for the people that are homeless and I really hope that the people are OK 👌

  16. Nicholas

    February 16, 2017 at 9:24 am

    So bad. I wouldn’t want to be there. I’d never recommend it to anyone at this time. 😔😔

  17. Aakriti

    February 16, 2017 at 9:23 am

    It is so sad , I wish all the people in Christchurch are fine and safe

  18. Dexter112

    February 16, 2017 at 9:23 am

    This news is really sad I really hope they are OK 👌

  19. Aakriti

    February 16, 2017 at 9:21 am

    It’s so sad , I wish all the people in Christchurch are fine and safe

  20. Harry Potter

    February 16, 2017 at 9:19 am

    This is terrible!

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