Dry winds raise fire risk

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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