Fire re­stric­tions to take ef­fect

Central Leader - - NEWS -

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.

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