Fire ban still
Residents are reminded they need a permit when lighting an open fire. A total fire ban is in place for the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, meanwhile on Auckland’s mainland a restricted fire season is in place. Fire permits are free but can take up to five days to be issued. Council’s principal rural fire officer Bryan Cartelle says the summer conditions increase the risk of vegetation fires. People should remain vigilant, he says, especially around easily flammable material like dry leaves and debris. In urban Auckland small heating or cooking fires – such as gas or solid fuel barbecues, pizza ovens, braziers, outdoor fireplaces, hangi or umu – are allowed on private land as long as general fire safety conditions are met. Anyone who sees a suspicious fire should call the fire service immediately on 111. Call 301 0101 or go to tinyurl.com/ AKLOutdoorFires for more information.