Dry winds raise fire risk
Dry conditions mean extra vigilance is required to limit the risk of fire breaking out.
Recent drying winds and little rainfall have led to an increased fire risk so extra care should be taken when using any form of fire.
Auckland Council principal rural fire officer Bryan Cartelle says conditions are very dry for this time of year.
‘‘Last week there were a number of fire incidents around the region due to con- trolled burns getting out of control,’’ he says.
‘‘Auckland residents should consider the safety points around having a safe controlled burn.’’
Fires must be used in a safe and considerate manner, burn during daylight hours only and be supervised at all times.
Fires must also not include green vegetation, rubber, plastic items or toxic materials.
Mr Cartelle encourages people to be aware of the risks.
‘‘By taking simple measures like removing fuels from near your house and ensuring that there is enough water on the property you can give firefighters a chance to save your home.’’
With Guy Fawkes on November 5 it is a timely reminder to take care when using fireworks or having bonfires and as summer approaches caution should also be used when using charcoal or wood fire barbecues and hangi.