What a difference a week makes. It was a week ago that CHCH was in a midst of a large emergency response to the ferocious fire ripping through the Port Hills. The sudden change of wind on the Wed (15th Feb) changed the game completely, and saw a declaration of emergency issued by authorities.
Thankfully the worst of the flames were contained by the week’s end, but the long toil to dampen down the hills continues. As I write, nine days since the fire started, there are still whisps of smoke rising above Worsleys Spur/ CHCH Adventure Park, with helicopters and planes still dousing the hills. Hopefully the preventative measures, and layers of retardant, will prevent the return of any more flames, as temperatures are predicted to rise and humidity lowers for the rest of this week.
A massive thanks must go to all repsonders, in the air and on the ground, and thoughts go out to those who have lost loved ones and property.