Agencies are working together on a plan to get evacuated people back into their homes as quickly and safely as possible. The priority is to create a buffer between the fire zone and residents’ properties.
Evacuated residents will be able to have police-controlled access to their homes for a limited time when it is safe. You will only be allowed back in if you have registered.
Smoke rises above the Adventure Park.
Fire crews have been working around the 29km perimeter of the fire to ensure it is contained in the fire area. This is preparing for the application of fire retardant today.
Police and the NZ Defence Force also continue to patrol in and around the cordoned areas.