Raging Wildfires Scorch Hills South of Christchurch

StoryfulPublished: February 17, 20177 views
Published: February 17, 2017

Wildfires have been scorching Port Hills, south of Christchurch, New Zealand, for almost a week. This timelapse video captures the development of the fires over a period of three days. The blaze, which first broke out on February 13, has destroyed homes and prompted the evacuation of hundreds of people, and a pilot died when his helicopter crashed during a fire extinguishing operation on Tuesday, The Telegraph reported. More than 130 firefighters and the military have gone into action to combat the flames. A state of emergency was declared in the city and the neighbouring Selwyn District, BBC reported.

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