Four zones get fire OK
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 otagoruralfire.org.nz. 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
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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.
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