Our 3-Step Escape Plan

  • First Escape Route
  • Second Escape Route
  • Meeting Place

Use this space to note any additional information about your escape plan, i.e. who will assist

Your checklist
  • Get low

    Smoke is poisonous and more deadly than flames.

    If you breathe smoke for more than a few breaths it can kill you.

  • Be fast

    A house fire can kill you in less than three minutes.

    Don't spend time trying to save possessions.

  • Close doors

    A closed door buys you time.

    It slows down the spread of fire, giving you more time to get to safety.

  • Get out - stay out!

    People have died by going back into a fire.

    Don't leave the meeting place to go back inside for any reason.

Fire & Emergency New Zealand

Pukaki Downs fire update #3

Pukaki Downs fire update #3

6am update

Six helicopters will be operating at the Pukaki Downs fire this morning.

Firefighting operations have remained limited overnight due to weather conditions, but will ramp up as soon as dawn breaks.

The first helicopter flight will be a reconnaissance mission to establish the size and condition of the fire. From there, further resources will be able to be deployed. 

Two ground crews helped monitor the blaze during the night. More ground crews are arriving this morning.

No further evacuations have occurred since the six properties on Mount Cook Road/State Highway 80 were either evacuated with the assistance of Police or self-evacuated on Wednesday night. No further evacuations are currently planned.

The next update will be provided following the reconnaissance flight at approximately 8am.