JK to provide advice

JK to provide advice

Sir John Kirwan, will be in Hope on Friday to provide advice to those affected by the recent Pigeon Valley forest fire and the drought.   The combined stress of both the forest fires and the drought can take a significant toll on the local community. Thanks to...
Fire shows danger still there

Fire shows danger still there

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...
Forestry company still assessing cost

Forestry company still assessing cost

Matt McCrorie   One of the companies really feeling the heat of the Pigeon Valley fires is Tasman Pine. The company owns 60 per cent of the plantations lost in the Pigeon valley forest fires, which is roughly 1400 hectares out of the 2343ha burnt. Chief operating...
Local ladies aid evacuees

Local ladies aid evacuees

Matt McCrorie Members of the Stoke/Tahunanui Inner Wheel group were a part of the community effort to give back and help those evacuated from their homes due to the Pigeon Valley fire. Gathered in Richmond at the home of Ruth Bagnall, members made and filled toilet...
Hot conditions, warm winds fan fire risk

Hot conditions, warm winds fan fire risk

Matt McCrorie The Nelson Tasman area is now experiencing a prohibited fire season, with a total ban on all open air fires. This follows high temperatures, high wind and lack of rain throughout the region. The increasing heat is a big factor in fire risk at this time...