Helicopters with monsoon buckets supported ground crews to contain a fire that began on the side of the Moutere Highway last Wednesday afternoon.
The four crews and five helicopters had a busy time in windy conditions but successfully brought the fire, which at its height covered about seven hectares, under control that evening.
Incident Controller Rory Renwick says the fire showed that there is still an extreme fire danger in Tasman-Nelson and people need to be extremely vigilant about any activity which might spark off another fire.
Around 100 properties were evacuated and police put up cordons at the intersections of Maisey Rd and Moutere Highway, and Old Coach Rd and Moutere Highway.
Police have confirmed that during the evacuation one property was burgled.
Police have appealed for information about someone seen running down Eban Rd in Redwood Valley on Wednesday about 2pm.
Meanwhile, this Friday, March 8, Nelson-Tasman Civil Defence is holding a debrief of everyone involved in last month’s Pigeon Valley bushfire.
It’s an opportunity to get information from different agencies, including Ministry for Primary Industries, Ministry of Social Development, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, Inland Revenue, iwi, the Insurance Council New Zealand, Nelson Marlborough Health and Civil Defence.
The debrief is at the Hope Community Church from 3pm to 8pm.