Fire ban fi­nally ends but care still needed

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

The rain has come and damp­ened the ground enough to war­rant the lift­ing of the weeks long Auck­land fire ban.

The ban ended on Mon­day night. Open air fires in ru­ral ar­eas still re­quire a fire per­mit. There are no changes to other re­stric­tions within the ur­ban ar­eas.

Auck­land Coun­cil prin­ci­pal ru­ral fire of­fi­cer Bryan Cartelle says the re­turn of rain to the re­gion al­lowed for the change in sta­tus but he urges con­tin­ued cau­tion.

‘‘The fore­cast is for show­ers this week­end with in­creased winds so while the rain­fall means re­lief in mois­ture con­di­tions for grass and bracken, cau­tion is still needed be­cause the heav­ier veg­e­ta­tion is still very dry.

‘‘We’d also like to re­mind peo­ple that open burn­ing is a land man­age­ment tool and should be used ap­pro­pri­ately.’’

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion visit the ru­ral fires page on auck­land­coun­ or call Auck­land Coun­cil on 301 0101 to speak to one of the ru­ral fire team.

Any­one who sees a sus­pi­cious fire call the Fire Ser­vice on 111.

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