A Civil Defence State of Emergency was declared on February 6, after the Pigeon Valley fire started the day before. The fire burned for three weeks, ripping through thousands of hectares of land in Pigeon Valley and forced thousands of residents to evacuate from Pigeon, Eves, Teapot and Redwood valleys, Golden Hills Road, and Wakefield.
The community response from throughout Nelson-Tasman to the fire was immediate and outstanding. A huge thank you to everyone who lent a helping hand to their neighbour, cared for other people’s pets or livestock and donated food, clothes and other essentials to help those in need.
The Civil Defence State of Emergency was lifted on February 27 and our region moved into a transition phase from response to recovery.
This section will provide information and updates on the recovery.