Video shows Clifton area scrub fire in Port Hills, Christchurch

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A fire broke out in the Clifton Area of Port Hills in Christchurch at around 11:30 am this morning. 

It was reported that Police evacuated residents living in the area where the fire broke out.

Ten Fire and Emergency appliances were in attendance as well as two water tankers and a Command unit. Four helicopters arrived at the fire to put it out with water from nearby Barnett Park.


Michelle Polglase recorded videos of the helicopters putting the fire out and said it looked like it was going to get bigger.

“With the wind, it was obviously going to get bigger,” she said.

Source: CC/ Michelle Polglase

Access for the emergency crew attending was difficult due to the terrain surrounding the fire.

From observation, Michelle said the crews were trying to protect the houses — “Access was a challenge for the fire service. They must have prioritised the houses around the corner, and obviously knew the helicopters would deal with the hill.”

A statement posted to Canterbury’s Fire and Emergency page read: “Please continue to stay away from the area, so our crews can work safely to contain this fire.”

At around 2:00 pm the fire was reported as contained.

The fire was started by sparks from a construction site according to Fire and Emergency NZ.

Image/Video: Michelle Polglase

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