Pukaki Downs Fire

Please see below the latest information on the fire adjacent to Lake Pukaki.

Thursday 2 September - Daily Update

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Wednesday 2 September, 10am

A fire near Lake Pukaki, in the vicinity of the confluence of the Gladstone and Twizel Rivers along the Baikie Hut track, was reported to Fire and Emergency New Zealand at approximately 11.25 am on Sunday morning.

This remains an active fire and management of the incident is ongoing.

The affected area extends to approximately 3,000 hectares with a perimeter of 31km (this has been refined due to more accurate mapping). Weather today is dry and clear with light winds from the south.

A helicopter equipped with thermal imaging and GPS mapping equipment has completed an overflight of the fire area and the information will enable crews to focus their efforts on problem areas.

Today's objectives are to achieve extinguishment to a 50m perimeter around property and access ways and to strengthen the control line around the fire perimeter with ground crews supported by aerial and heavy machinery resources where necessary.

Alpine Energy have restored power to all affected properties. The owners of properties in the fire zone attended a safety briefing yesterday and have been able to access their homes. We thank them for their understanding and co-operation while they have been displaced.

SH80 is now open to traffic, subject to speed restrictions for safety reasons. There is no current or expected threat to the Twizel township or Mount Cook Village.

Rob Hands, Fire and Emergency NZ Incident Controller, and Graham Smith, Mackenzie District Mayor, will hold public meetings today in Twizel and Aoraki Mount Cook to take questions from the community about the on-going management of the fire and the longer term implications.

We expect to provide a further update at 6 pm Wednesday evening.

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