News 11 february — 14:16

Major New Zealand wildfire expected to burn for weeks

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A large wildfire in New Zealand is expected to keep burning for weeks but has moved away from some inhabited areas, according to authorities, raising hopes that residents of an evacuated village will be able to soon return home, AL Lazeera reports.

About 3,000 inhabitants of Wakefield, just outside Nelson at the top of South Island, were ordered out on  Saturday as flames razed bushland within two kilometres of their homes.

The fire erupted early last week amid scorching conditions in the heavily forested area and by early Monday had swept through an estimated 2,300 hectares.

So far one home has been destroyed by the fire and there have been no reported deaths or injuries.

About 190 firefighters, 10 helicopters and two planes have been deployed to battle the fire.

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