Need to know
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