Pub­lic urged to be ex­tra care­ful af­ter fire

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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.

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