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Thousands Evacuated as Large Bushfires Blaze Near New Zealand City of Nelson

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Thousands Evacuated as Large Bushfires Blaze Near New Zealand City of Nelson

Thousands Evacuated as Large Bushfires Blaze Near New Zealand City of Nelson

Bushfires near the New Zealand South Island city of Nelson burned for a fifth day on Saturday, February 9, after about 3,500 people were evacuated from surrounding towns the day before.The fires, located in Pigeon Valley and on Walter’s Bluff, had created the biggest aerial firefight on record in New Zealand, according to NZ Herald.The fires spanned 2,100 hectares on Saturday, they reported.Nelson Tasman Civil Defence posted on Facebook that there were 23 helicopters, two fixed wing planes, a drone team and around 150 firefighters battling the blaze, which was the largest forest fire in the country since 1955, according to reports.This footage shows New Zealand Defence Force personnel assisting firefighters to contain the fires.

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