Tasman fire continues to burn out of control

Civil Defence may reveal plans about the possible re-entry into homes in evacuated parts of Tasman today.

It comes as a massive bush fire continues to burn out of control.

Escorted convoys along State Highway 6 through Wakefield will run for extended hours this morning, starting at 6am.

The convoys will allow people to get to school or work.

Civil Defence has also announced that usual fees for GP visits and pharmacy prescriptions will be waived for fire related appointments.

Wakefield School is opening its doors for the day in a different location.

It's moved to Hope Community Church, and principal Peter Verstappen says they've got no idea how long they'll have to stay for.

"That's the million dollar question, at this time I'm saying to people look, let's plan for the next three days, but it might be a week."

Meanwhile there are concerns about how Nelson's forestry sector will fare in the blaze.

"The real risk to the community is if that fire gets away into the mainstay of Nelson's forest estate, we've got $2 billion of tinder dry forest out there," Nelson MP Nick Smith told Newshub.

Dr Smith said businesses in the area are hurting and need Government support.

Conditions for fighting the more than 2300 hectare blaze are favourable on Monday.


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