Fire ban still

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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 AKLOut­doorFires for more in­for­ma­tion.

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