New smoke forecast for still active Nelson forest fire
The Pigeon Valley fire near Wakefield remains active, so a further smoke forecasts are being produced by Scion’s Rural Fire Research Team.
The latest forecast indicates smoke dispersion for Friday 8 February, and the influence of changing wind direction.
If the 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, and potentially over large areas of Tasman, Nelson and Motueka from 11am Friday 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 (on roads) and health, particularly Friday morning.