Timelapse Shows Out-of-Control Bushfire in Port Hills, Residents Ordered to Evacuate

StoryfulPublished: May 28, 20171 views
Published: May 28, 2017

More than 600 hectares of land in Christchurch’s Port Hills were consumed by flames after a fire broke out on Monday, February 13.

<a href="http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/89376043/two-fires-on-christchurchs-port-hills-destroy-house-force-evacuations" target="_blank">New Zealand news outlet Stuff reported</a> resources were being stretched between two out-of-control scrub fires, and firefighters were expected to battle the blaze for another two to three days.

<a href="http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/324433/port-hills-fires-&#39;everything-around-the-house-is-just-charcoal" target="_blank">Radio NZ reported</a> at least 24 homes were evacuated and livestock in the area were killed as the fire ripped through houses.

During the firefighting operations, it was reported one of the 15 helicopters involved in containing the blaze crashed during air flight operations. A spokesman for <a href="http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/324505/port-hills-fire-claims-a-life" target="_blank">St John ambulance confirmed</a> the pilot was killed.

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