A state of civil defence emergency has been extended in Nelson Tasman.
Two weeks after the mammoth forest fire started in Tasman’s Pigeon Valley, 250 people and 83 properties remain evacuated.
An additional 3500 permanent residents are on standby to evacuate again if the risk level rises.
This afternoon Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne announced the region required further resourcing.
“The situation we’re in still requires a greater response than we could manage without the assistance of other agencies”.
Civil Defence controller Roger Ball says the risks remain “very real”.
“The scale of the fire and the resulting evacuations require a significant coordinated response... It is clear Fire and Emergency response will be here on the ground for some time to come”.
Mr Ball says they are working towards conditional entry for all Valley residents from Thursday morning.
This will be discussed further with the community at a meeting on Wednesday evening.
The local state of emergency will apply for a further week.