Live updates on Nelson fire: Convoys through Wakefield resume today

New Zealand Defence Force firefighters combat the Richmond fire near Nelson. - Photo: Supplied / NZDF

Escorted convoys through Wakefield will run for extended hours from this morning.

The bushfire remains unpredictable and state of emergency remains in place and emergency officials are not ruling out more evacuations.

Residents are being told to respect the cordons and follow official instructions.

Escorted convoys along State Highway 6 through Wakefield will begin at 6am, as conditions allow, and will run on-demand until 7pm.

They are for local residents only, to provide access to school and work, Civil Defence says.

Fire and Emergency has now contained the fire within a 27-kilometre perimeter.

Meanwhile, police want to identify three young men they say were seen near the Walter's Bluff or Atawhai fire in Nelson on Friday.

Police said three Pākehā men aged between 16 and 20 were seen on a bench on the Centre of New Zealand track in close proximity to Iwa Road, about 1.30pm on Friday.

Essential information:

  •   •  People forcibly or voluntarily evacuating the area are asked to please take water, food, medicines, pets and valuables and asked to register at Saxton Field Stadium, Stoke or ring 03 543 8400.

  •   •  Stay up-to-date with the latest information from Tasman Civil Defence on their social page.

  •   •  View an interactive map of the area with estimated fire size, closures, evacuation zones. Disclaimer: for official public information see Tasman Civil Defence.

  •   •  If evacuation is necessary a text alert will be sent out.

  •   •  Nelson City Council has closed reserves and tracks

  •   •  Feel in danger? People who feel in danger should call 111. If you or your family and friends in the affected areas need assistance, contact Nelson Tasman Civil Defence. Anyone with a medical, welfare or other need are asked to reach out for support.

  •   •  Health and welfare, stress or anxiety: Care for those around you, including neighbours and especially the ill and elderly and those who live alone. For medical help contact your GP first or emergency department for emergencies. Talking can be therapeutic. Further advice from Nelson Marlborough DHB.

  •   •  If you want to donate to the Mayoral Relief fund, please use the following details: Tasman District Council, ASB Bank Ltd, Nelson Commercial Banking; account number: 12-3193-0002048-03

  •   •  Need to move animals? A centre for the care of horses, cattle, sheep and goats is available at the A&P showgrounds. There is a centre for companion animals like pets at the Civil Defence Centre at St Johns Church

  •   •  If you are nearby and safe and would like to share pictures, video, newstips with us, please email it: iwitness@radionz.co.nz

Check this map for basic information, but do not rely on it for accuracy if you are in the area

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