Civil Defence has provided an update on the fire currently blazing in the Tasman region.
The Pigeon Valley fire has now grown to 2300 hectares, with many residents evacuated.
At a community meeting, hundreds showed up; the evacuees' emotions were clearly on display as they spoke with Civil Defence personnel.
"You saved all of us. I'm very thankful," said one resident after seeing a video of just how close the fire came to their house in Redwood Valley.
But others also took the opportunity to air their concerns with Civil Defence.
"I take issue with the Civil Defence person that said human life is paramount, and then property. There's one that fits in and that's livestock," said one farmer.
Civil defence said on Monday officials are actively working on a plan for re-entry into evacuated areas.