Four zones get fire OK

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

A fire ban will re­main in Cen­tral Otago de­spite lower tem­per­a­tures and heavy dew in parts of Otago.

Prin­ci­pal Ru­ral Fire Of­fi­cer Stephanie Ro­tarangi says fire dan­ger con­di­tions across much of Otago had eased to the point where the author­ity was able to is­sue fire per­mits.

How­ever, the fire dan­ger in much of Cen­tral Otago and the Waitaki Lakes area re­mained of con­cern.

‘‘Otago’s ru­ral res­i­dents should fa­mil­iarise them­selves with the author­ity’s cli­matic zones on which we base our fire dan­ger read­ings and fire sea­son sta­tus.’’

There were five zones across Otago, and while the Lakes, Coastal, Clutha and Catlins Zones were placed un­der a Re­stricted Fire Sea­son, a to­tal fire ban re­mained in the Author­ity’s Cen­tral Zone.

Ro­tarangi said ru­ral fire of­fi­cers would be tak­ing a cau­tion­ary ap­proach to per­mit is­sue and landown­ers could ex­pect some per­mit ap­pli­ca­tions to be de­clined.

‘‘The drought codes in Otago re­main high, it will only take a lit­tle wind or some higher tem­per­a­tures for the fire dan­ger to go up again.

‘‘Otago’s res­i­dents have been pa­tient and con­sci­en­tious dur­ing this sea­son’s to­tal fire ban and this has di­rectly im­proved our abil­ity to pre­vent wild­fires. How­ever com­mon sense is still re­quired.’’

A Re­stricted Fire Sea­son means fire by per­mit only. Per­mits can be ap­plied for by con­tact­ing the Otago Ru­ral Fire Author­ity or ap­ply­ing on­line. A Pro­hib­ited Fire Sea­son is a to­tal fire ban.

● Zones can be viewed on the author­ity’s web­site otagoru­ral­ Landown­ers can en­ter their ad­dress to de­ter­mine whether they are af­fected by a Re­stricted or a Pro­hib­ited Fire Sea­son and view the con­di­tions of each sea­son. Al­ter­na­tively, res­i­dents can ring the author­ity on 0800 673 473 dur­ing work­ing hours for as­sis­tance. Alzheimers So­ci­ety Otago, op­er­a­tional 2015-16, $12,000 Brain In­jury As­so­ci­a­tion Otago, op­er­a­tional 2015-16, $10,000

Vol­un­teer­ing Otago, op­er­a­tional 2015-16, $54,686 Alexan­dra and Dis­tricts Youth Trust, op­er­a­tional 2015-16, $57,500 Cromwell Youth Trust, op­er­a­tional 2015-16, $42,500 Te­viot Val­ley Com­mu­nity Chris­tian Trust, op­er­a­tional 2015-16, $28,750 Wakatipu Youth Trust, op­er­a­tional 2015-16, $63,750 Show­biz Queen­stown, cos­tumes, $10,000 and guar­an­tee against loss for Satur­dayNightFever, $10,000

TO­TAL: $371,334

Par­tial eas­ing: There are five zones within the Otago Ru­ral Fire Author­ity. The Lakes, Coastal, Clutha and Catlins Zones are un­der a Re­stricted Fire Sea­son, while a to­tal ban re­mains in the Cen­tral zone.

Birthright Cen­tral Otago, re­sources, $4000 Cen­tral and South­ern Autism Sup­port Group, ther­apy ex­penses, $6784 Cen­tral Otago Health Ser­vices Ltd, pa­tient trans­port ve­hi­cle, $64,864 St Columba’s Angli­can Church Wanaka, re­place­ment of roof, $6500

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