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The blaze has destroyed at least 11 houses, forced the evacuation of 1000 people from about 450 homes and has been fought long and hard by more than 130 firefighters on the ground - 40 crews with 45 pumps and tankers and 26 rural fire crews - 14 helicopters and three planes. And still, it burns.
The Port Hills fire was made up of two blazes, the first igniting on Monday along Early Valley Rd In Lansdowne, followed by a second in a car park off Summit Rd at Marley Hill. Yesterday it merged into one.
Thick plumes of smoke billowed out of the tinder-dry pine trees that dress the hills, rolling in waves across the landscape.
Residents and onlookers flocked to Bengal Drive in Cashmere, a cul-de-sac with the best publicly accessible view of the fire and efforts to put it out. The street winds uphill and at the top, there was a clear view of the main fire.
Several nervous evacuees asked the Herald to take photos of their properties using a zoom lens in a desperate bid to see what - if anything - was still standing on their land. They said they had been given no indication about when they could return home and survey the damage.