It’s up to all res­i­dents to re­duce fire dan­ger

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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