New smoke forecast for still active Nelson forest fire

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The Pigeon Valley fire near Wakefield remains active, so a further smoke forecast has been produced.

This latest forecast indicates smoke dispersion for overnight Thursday (7th) and Friday 8th February, and the influence of changing wind direction.

If the latest flare-up in fire activity continues, smoke hazard remains high:                           • Of high importance, this smoke impact could be noticeable-to-heavy in the following areas: Upper Moutere, Redwood Valley, Mapua, Tasman, Motueka, Wakefield, Brightwater and Richmond on Friday morning (midnight onward), and potentially over large areas of Tasman, Nelson and Motueka from 11 am onwards.
• There is potential for smoke to impact highways, particularly in the early morning in the Tasman-Mapua areas.
• Narrow valleys are especially vulnerable to smoke impacts on visibility (roads) and health, particularly Friday morning.
• Tourist areas along the Abel Tasman and Golden Bay are predicted to get some smoke, from very light to moderate concentrations.
• Possible light impacts stretch as far as Malborough from 11 am onwards.

Note a slight change to the colour ranges: Green now depicts very light, yellow light, orange medium, and purple heavy smoke impacts. Concentrations in orange and purple indicate potential for unhealthy levels of smoke. People with asthma or other breathing conditions may be most severely affected, and should avoid exposure where possible by staying indoors with windows and doors closed.


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