The Port Hills fires forced hundreds of Christchurch residents to be evacuated today, as the blazes merged into a single huge fire and a local state of emergency was declared. See how day three unfolded here.
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Firefighters were focused on protecting people's homes overnight as wildfires in the Port Hills continued to spread ever closer to residential areas. Audio
The two huge fires blazing near Christchurch over the past two days have claimed a life, and caused heartache for local residents.
Civil Defence is warning people to stay away from parts of Christchurch's Port Hills as two scrub fires threaten to burn through the night.
Four of the five fires that hit rural Hawke's Bay today are under control. Video
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