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The Press - - Port Hill Fires -

GEN­ERAL IN­FOR­MA­TION If you are at all wor­ried or un­com­fort­able re­main­ing in your home, please evac­u­ate. You can go to any of the city wel­fare cen­tres for as­sis­tance. Four­teen he­li­copters and three fixed wing air­craft are in­volved in Thurs­day’s aerial bat­tle and come from around the South Is­land.

Peo­ple are ad­vised to stay away from the hills to al­low emer­gency ser­vices ac­cess and en­sure swift evac­u­a­tion. Do not rub­ber­neck. EVAC­U­A­TION CEN­TRES Sel­wyn Events Cen­tre in Lin­coln. Te Ha­pua Hal­swell Cen­tre, Hal­swell Rd (The li­brary and pool at this cen­tre re­main open). Nga Hau e Wha Marae, Pages Rd.

There is also the Face­book page for evac­u­ated res­i­dents to ask for help, and al­low oth­ers to of­fer tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion to those evac­u­ated. BUSES AF­FECTED Due to the fire and evac­u­a­tions all Metro bus Blue Line trips will end at Princess Mar­garet Hospi­tal un­til fur­ther no­tice. No trips will run to the Cash­mere Hill.

Due to the fire on the Port Hills all trips trav­el­ling to West­mor­land will end their trips on Cash­mere Road near Pen­rud­dock Rise. Bus trips will de­part trav­el­ling to­wards East­gate from stop 33348 on Cash­mere Road in­stead. This is un­til fur­ther no­tice.

The Real Time In­for­ma­tion sys­tem has been af­fected by the fires and a num­ber of buses are un­able to be tracked. This means some buses will not show in the ‘‘next bus’’ on­line tools and at bus stop elec­tronic signs. FIRE BAN A to­tal fire ban is now in place from South Can­ter­bury through to the north end of the Hu­runui District, in­clud­ing Christchurch and Banks Penin­sula. AN­I­MALS AND PETS The South Is­land South Is­land Wildlife Hospi­tal is ready to med­i­cally treat any in­jured wildlife. It can be con­tacted on 022 106 0170. SPCA Can­ter­bury is work­ing to help peo­ple find tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion for pets and other an­i­mals. It can be con­tacted on 03 349 7057

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