Update 2019-02-06: Overnight Wednesday (05-06 February) several houses were destroyed by the Nelson fire. Several hundred people were evacuated or left their homes. A Civil Defense Emergency has been declared for the city of Nelson and those areas of Tasman District affected by the fire. Strong winds complicate the fight against the flames.
2019-02-05: On Tuesday (05 February), a bush fire broke out in Pidgeon Valley near the city of Nelson. More than one hundred homes were evacuated in the Nelson region. Further evacuations are possible.
Travellers need to anticipate local road closures and should inform themselves about the current situation before undertaking overland journeys. Warnings and instructions of local authorities and media should be strictly followed.