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.