Port Hills fire: In pictures

11:20 am on 16 February 2017

The fight to extinguish a huge, out-of-control fire in Christchurch's Port Hills is entering its fourth day. Residents and reporters have been documenting the battle to get the blaze under control.

A map showing the full extent of the Port Hills fire.

A map showing the full extent of what authorities are calling the Port Hills Complex fire. Photo: RNZ / Ian Telfer

Alistair Hodson and his partner had to leave their home and are at the Halswell Evacuation centre. Their pets have been booked into a kennel until they can return home.

Alistair Hodson and his partner had to leave their home and are at the Halswell Evacuation centre. Their pets have been booked into a kennel until they can return home. Photo: RNZ / Maja Burry

The Selwyn Emergency Operations Centre in Rolleston.

The Selwyn Emergency Operations Centre in Rolleston. Photo: RNZ / Ian Telfer

More than a dozen helicopters helped to fight the fire.

Helicopters stand out starkly against the smoky sky. More than a dozen choppers were in the air on Wednesday trying to douse the flames from above. Photo: Supplied / Matthew Rankin

The Port Hills fire near Christchurch Adventure Park.

The fire near Christchurch Adventure Park on Thursday morning. Photo: RNZ / Joelle Dally

The Port Hills fire at 5.30am on Thursday.

The fire seen early Thursday morning. Photo: Supplied / Gary Jamieson

A fire engine speeds through Christchurch as smoke billows from the Port Hills fire.

A fire engine speeds through Christchurch as smoke from the fire billows in the background on Thursday morning. Photo: RNZ / Conan Young

People leading horses out past cordon near Early Valley Road

Hundreds of people were forced to flee their homes as the fire came closer. Pets and other animals - including these horses - came too. Photo: RNZ / Maja Burry

A bull near the Port Hills blaze.

Elsewhere, livestock was unfazed by the nearby smoke. Photo: Supplied / Howard Aschoff

Locals watch one of the fires on the Port Hills.

Anxious locals watched the fires from vantage points all over the city. Photo: Christchurch City Council

The fire burns above Victoria Park.

The flames spread to Victoria Park, above Cashmere, after the fire jumped Dyers Pass Road. Photo: Supplied: Christchurch City Council

Flames above Victoria Park.

As night fell on Wednesday, the flames were visible along the ridge line from kilometres away. Photo: Supplied: Christchurch City Council\

Residents watch the fires.

Many parts of the city came to a literal standstill as people paused to watch the smoke and flames rise. Photo: Supplied / Matthew Rankin

Smoke on the water of Lyttelton Harbour, caused by the Port Hills fires.

Smoke from the fire settled on the surface of Lyttelton Harbour. Photo: RNZ / Ian Telfer