Fire restrictions to take effect
A restricted fire season for rural areas in the Auckland region will be implemented from December 15.
Lighting an outdoor fire on rural land is still possible but a permit is required for fires in the open.
A total fire ban is now in place for all Hauraki Gulf islands.
All outdoor fires need to be carefully managed to prevent the spread of fire.
The Auckland Council’s principal rural fire officer Bryan Cartelle says there were a number of fires around the region last week due to unseasonably windy conditions and controlled burns getting out of hand.
The council will be issuing fire permits free of charge in Auckland’s rural zones which include farms, forestry areas and large blocks of land.
The council is introducing an Outdoor Fire Safety Bylaw on December 20 to manage the risk of all outdoor fires in both rural and urban areas.
Restrictions will change to fit the season. The bylaw gives guidance on the types of fire and fuel allowed with an aim to protect people, property and the environment from the risk of fire.
Visit aucklandcouncil/ruralfire.govt. nz or call the council on 09 301 0101 for information on fire safety and tips.