Christchurch Civil Defence Update #11 Thursday 16 February 2017 Update on Port Hills Fire 8.15am

Posted 16 Feb 2017 by GovtCCC Recommended Featured

Christchurch Civil Defence Update #11

 

Thursday 16 February 2017

Update on Port Hills Fire 8.15am

Emergency response agencies are meeting this morning for a joint briefing on the status of the Port Hills fire. 

The main message remains - the police are stressing that it is imperative that members of the public keep away from the hills. People “rubber-necking” are disrupting the emergency response and making it harder for police and fire services to do their jobs.

The public are encouraged to follow official updates on the Christchurch City Council’s Newsline website and social media, as well as other emergency services updates.

Schools update

The Ministry of Education has confirmed that both Governors Bay School and Cashmere Primary School are closed. The Ministry will provide further updates as they become available.

 

Christchurch Adventure Park Update

Firefighters were able to keep the fire away from the Christchurch Adventure Park village overnight and the chair is still running to reduce any hot spots. Fire crews remain stationed near the village. While the fire remains alight there is still a risk to the village and the situation is being monitored.

Metro bus update

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.

Please check the metro web site on www.metroinfo.co.nz

 

FURTHER EVACUATIONS
• Police have evacuated residents downhill of the Sign of the Takahe on Dyers Pass Road as far as and including Kiteroa Place and Pentre Terrace.
• Residents will be contact directly by police who are in the area now knocking on doors. If you feel unsafe, you are advised to self-evacuate.

SCHOOLS UPDATE
• The Ministry of Education has confirmed that both Governors Bay School and Cashmere Primary School are closed. The Ministry will provide further updates as they become available.

Christchurch Adventure Park Update
• Firefighters were able to keep the fire away from the Christchurch Adventure Park village overnight and the chair is still running to reduce any hot spots. Fire crews remain stationed near the village. While the fire remains alight there is still a risk to the village and the situation is being monitored.

Metro bus update
• 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.
Please check the metro web site on www.metroinfo.co.nz

STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED AT 1700 FEB 15TH

GENERAL INFORMATION
• If you are at all worried or uncomfortable remaining in your home, please evacuate. You can go to either of the city welfare centres for assistance.
• People are advised to stay away from the hills to allow emergency services access and ensure swift evacuation.
Orion remain on full alert, ready to respond to any issues with power supply as a result of the fires. It is possible that there will be further outages until the fire is fully extinguished.
• Firefighters are at the Christchurch Adventure Park, however the fire has not yet reached the village but is under considerable threat. 
• If people are worried about their safety they should to leave their homes. If widespread evacuation is needed, emergency services will inform residents directly.

ROAD CLOSURES
Road closure information:

• Cashmere Rd is closed west of Kaiwara St to Kennedys Bush Rd.
• Worsleys Rd is closed from Cashmere Rd
• Hoon Hay Valley Rd is closed.
• Kennedys Bush Road is closed form the roundabout with Rock Hill Drive. This includes the southbound cycle track
• Worsleys Track from Worlseys Road is closed
• Dyers Pass Road is closed between Hackthorne Road to Governors Bay Road. Use the Lyttelton Tunnel or Gebbies Pass as the alternate route
• Summit Road is closed between Gebbies Pass and Rapaki Track
• Old Tai Tapu Road is closed between Osterholts Road and Early Valley Road
• Early Valley Road is closed
• Holmes Road is closed..

Council updates here: https://www.ccc.govt.nz/the-council/newsline/show/1406
http://www.tfc.govt.nz/…/latest…/port-hills-fire-update-6pm/
Full health warning here: 
https://ccc.govt.nz/the-council/newsline/show/1405
UPdates from Civil Defence here: https://web.facebook.com/ChristchurchCDEM

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