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More than 1,000 evacuated in New Zealand wildfire

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 00:55

More than 1,000 people have been evacuated from their homes and a state of emergency has been declared in New Zealand's third largest city as wildfires threaten homes.

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(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) More than 1,000 people were evacuated from their homes and a state of emergency was declared in New Zealand's third largest city of Christchurch on Thursday (February 16) because a wildfire was threatening homes. The fire in the Port Hills district of the city began earlier this week but spread rapidly overnight to cover more than 1,800 hectares (4,447.9 acres), emergency workers said. According to local broadcaster TVNZ, 11 homes and two outbuildings have been destroyed.

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More than 1,000 evacuated in New Zealand wildfire

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 00:55