Trigg has also stressed that private drones must not be flown anywhere near the Lee Valley to avoid helicopters having to be grounded to avoid the risk of a mid-air collision.
Assistant Commander Shaun Thornton said people need to think before sending drones up.
“It could be catastrophic if a helicopter hit a drone, so that happened before I arrived but I understand the drone operator was located pretty quickly,” Thornton told Newshub on Wednesday evening.
Nelson-Tasman Civil Defence advises the civil defence centre at the Wanderers’ Clubrooms on Lord Rutherford Drive will reopen at 8am.
Reporter James Fleury told AM on Thursday morning the blaze hasn’t spread any further despite the grounding of helicopters.
“Pines are really common around the hills of Nelson and they burn quite easily but despite it not spreading overnight, this has not caused worry to go away for those Lee Valley residents worried about their homes,” Fleury told AM.
“Fortunately Fire and Emergency says the conditions are going to be favourable for firefighting today with light winds from the southwest but it’s important to note that the top of the south particularly the Nelson region is unique for New Zealand because fires can flourish. It is the only part of the country that has a Mediterranean climate, it does not rain three to four times a week like other parts of coastal New Zealand so it’s basically just bone dry.”