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Thousands evacuated after New Zealand wildfire

IANS  |  Wellington 

Thousands of people were evacuated on Sunday from New Zealand's due to a that began six days ago.

The blaze, which began near the city of Nelson, is now threatening the town of Wakefield, the reported.

A state of emergency has been declared in the district of

Strong winds were expected, and officials warned that Sunday could be a "critical danger point" for the fire.

The blaze is thought to be the worst forest fire in since 1955.

Twenty three helicopters and two planes have been deployed to tackle the blaze. Rain forecast for the area on Tuesday is expected to miss the fire zone.

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First Published: Sun, February 10 2019. 13:52 IST
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