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Port Hills cordons still in place

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/02/2017

Safety assessments are being made on when the six remaining cordons around the Port Hills fire can be removed.

Civil Defence is working with 80 people who have registered for access within cordons to collect critical items and to check on animals.

Emergency services say safety is paramount and cordons will only be lifted for full access once the Fire Service determines the risk has fallen to an acceptable level.

In the meantime police and Defence Force personnel are continuing to patrol the affected areas.

A community meeting is scheduled for Saturday morning for residents in the affected areas.

Health, police, fire and Civil Defence representatives are expected to speak, while Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel will also address residents.

The blaze, which has destroyed 11 homes and ripped through more than 2000 hectares of scrub and forest since Monday, is largely contained.

Firefighters worked through the night to ensure it remains within its 29km perimeter, ahead of fire retardant being applied on Saturday.

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