The bushfire south east of Rosedale is now under control, but many local roads and tracks in the direct vicinity of the fire are still closed to the public.
It is important that everyone abides by these road closures, for their own safety and the safety of those still working to secure the area.
The bushfire has burnt 12,178 hectares of bush which includes the Holey Plains State Park and HVP Plantations.
As a result, the ground in this area is unstable, there are burnt-out trees that are in danger of falling and causing injury, hot-spots are still being extinguished and the area is not safe for the public. This is the reason why the roads remain signposted that they are closed.
Anyone found to be ignoring the road closure signs and walking, driving vehicles or riding motorbikes in this area will have their details recorded and reported to the police.
Wellington has plenty of areas to enjoy the natural environment that are easily accessible and perfect for exploring. We ask that you continue to enjoy these places but avoid the fire-affected areas until they have been declared safe by fire authorities.
All forest and plantation access tracks are closed as well as the following: