It’s up to all residents to reduce fire danger
Although parts of Auckland have experienced rain on and off in recent days the region-wide fire ban remains firmly in place.
Principal rural fire officer Bryan Cartelle says the rainfall has done little to decrease the region’s fire risk.
‘‘The rain has been isolated, patchy and too light to have any real impact to lessen the risk of fire in the region.’’
Auckland has witnessed firsthand the frightening consequences that can come from a dry and hot summer and the fire ban remains in place to help prevent further fires starting.
Forecasts remain for dry conditions.
‘‘We are certainly not yet in a position to lift the fire ban.
‘‘Aucklanders and visitors to the region need to keep taking extra precautions while we continue to face heightened fire danger.’’
Solid fuel (coal and wood) barbecues and retail-type fireworks remain banned at all beaches, parks and reserves.
Anyone using barbecues at home should take extra care especially around grass, shrubs and trees that remain very dry.
The fire ban includes Great Barrier, Kawau, Waiheke and all other Hauraki Gulf islands, as well as Auckland’s urban areas, which are serviced by the New Zealand Fire Service.
Anyone who sees a fire or suspicious smoke should call the fire service immediately on 111.
The fire ban cancels all existing fire permits and will remain until the fire danger is no longer classed as elevated.
A council notice will advise when the ban is lifted.