Public urged to be extra careful after fire
The public is being urged to heed the total fire ban in Whitireia Park following a small fire on the park’s western beach.
The fire service and Wellington Volunteer Bushfire Force attended a driftwood blaze, measuring about 20x30 metres, on January 6. It was put out by 9pm.
‘‘The cause appeared to be a beach fire that wasn’t properly extinguished,’’ said Greater Wellington Regional Council’s principal ranger Wayne Boness.
He said parks’ staff have noticed an increase in evidence of beach fires this summer.
‘‘After the devastating effects of the February 2010 fire in Whitireia Park, noone wants to see [ something similar occur].
‘‘The risks to nearby residents and the park itself are enormous. That’s why we have a total fire ban at the park – so it’s disappointing that a few are taking a risk that could affect so many. It’s very fortunate the fire was put out before it spread beyond the driftwood.’’
Mr Boness says with the dry conditions, people should take extra care, even in regional parks without a total fire ban.