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Forest wildfire in New Zealand destroys homes, forces evacuation

Reuters Nelson, New Zealand Feb 06, 2019, 01.13 PM (IST)

A bush fire on New Zealand's South Island spread through thousands of hectares, destroying property and forcing the evacuation of about 100 homes, officials said on Wednesday. The fire that started at Pigeon Valley in Nelson on Tuesday doubled overnight to spread over 1,870 hectares according to the Nelson Tasman Emergency Management Office.