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Christchurch Port Hills fires: What you need to know

The fire in the Port Hills continue to rage, with homes evacuated and roads closed.

Fires are raging in Christchurch’s Port Hills and the surrounding areas, forcing thousands to be evacuated from their homes.

Here’s what you need to know:

State of emergency

A state of emergency has been declared in Christchurch and Selwyn due to the fires ablaze on the Port Hills. The fire now covers more than 18 square kilometres or 1800 hectares.


Reports suggest around 450 homes have been evacuated, with between 800-1000 people forced to leave their homes. Eight houses are believed to have been damaged by the fire.

Police and the Defence Force have been working through the night to monitor the area.

Affected areas include:

  • Houses downhill of the Sign of the Takahe on Dyers Pass Road as far as and including Kiteroa Place and Pentre Terrace

  • Cashmere Hills in the area between Sign of the Takahe and Victoria Park. This includes Victoria Park Road, Pentre Terrace and Dyers Pass, south of Takahe Drive

  • Long Hurst Terrace, off Dyers Pass Road

  • The Port Hills around Worsleys and Cashmere Roads

  • Early Valley Road.

  • Some areas of Westmorland and Cracroft.

  • Houses on Kennedys Bush Road and its intersecting streets, from Halswell Quarry up towards the end of Kennedys Bush Road

Evacuation Centres

Evacuation centres have been set up at:

  • Halswell Library

  • The Selwyn Events Centre in Lincoln

  • Te Hapua Halswell Centre

  • Halswell Rd

  • Nga Hau e Wha Marae, Pages Rd

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Road Closures

A number of Canterbury roads have been shut off, and police are warning curious people to stay away from the area.

  • Cashmere Road is closed west of Kaiwara Street through to Kennedys Bush Road

  • Hoon Hay Valley Road from Cashmere Road

  • Kennedys Bush Road is closed from the roundabout with Rock Hill Drive. This includes the southbound cycle track

  • Worsleys Track closed from Worsleys Road

  • Dyers Pass Road between Hackthorne Road to Governors Bay Road

  • Summit Road between Gebbies Pass and Rapaki Track

  • Old Tai Tapu Road between Osterholts Road and Early Valley Road

  • Early Valley Road is closed

  • Holmes Road is closed

  • Christchurch Adventure Park is closed

School closures

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


Thursday – 14C-21C. Fine apart from morning and evening cloud. Fresh Northeast winds.

Friday – 14C-21C. Cloudy, occasional rain from afternoon. Northeasterly.



While the smoke spreading across the city poses no health risk, people have been told to stay inside where possible.

Dr Alistair Humphrey, Canterbury Medical Officer of Health has advised that anyone suffering respiratory issues contact their GP.

Fire ban

A total fire ban is now in place from South Canterbury through to the north end of the Hurunui District, including Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.

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