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By Erin Lowe and Lily McCondach
On Monday the 13th February a blazing fire had been roaring leading 450 homes to be evacuated and 11 houses burnt down. The fire has been now mostly are dealt with by the 390 firefighters and the 15 helicopters. 1 of them coursed a fire to get even worse when sadly they crashed into a power line at night and died. Generously Lincoln high held a mufti day raising 2,000 dollars towards two kids families who had been affected by the fire. Affected areas include: Dyers Pass Rd into Victoria Park, Hoon Hay Valley Rd, The south side of Cashmere Rd to Kennedys Bush Rd and to Hoon Hay Valley Rd, The Port Hills around Worsleys Rd and Cashmere Rd,Early Valley Rd, Westmoreland, Kennedys Bush, and its intersecting streets are from Halswell Quarry up towards the end of Kennedys Bush Rd. Also,5 schools were shut down.
2,000 hectares of land was destroyed by the fire which caused it to rain flakes of ash above Lincoln, Tai Tapu, Prebbleton and the surrounding areas. The fire went on for a total of six days straight and got so bad that they had to contact the Army, Usual fires only go on for about 3-4 days at the most, which made this fire a popular news topic in different countries including England,Turkey and many more. Luckily, the very courageous firefighters put out the fire and the small fine rain helped, but it should've came sooner. Eventually the fire was put to an end by Saturday evening, meaning it is now safe enough for some of those who were affected to return homes.