New Zealand wildfire: Thousands of people evacuated near Nelson

New Zealand Defence Force firefighters combat the Richmond fire near Nelson, South IslandImage copyright

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The blaze, which started near the city of Nelson, is in its sixth day

Thousands of people have been evacuated from a New Zealand town as firefighters battle a wildfire stoked by winds in the country’s South Island.

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

A state of emergency has been declared and about 3,000 people have fled their homes in the district of Tasman.

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

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she…

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