No open fire per­mits in re­stricted sea­son

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

A re­stricted fire sea­son is in place for the whole of the Mata­mata- Pi­ako Dis­trict, in­clud­ing Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion land. This means that fires in the open can only be lit with a per­mit, how­ever, no per­mits are cur­rently be­ing is­sued.

Although some ar­eas of the dis­trict are still rea­son­ably green, the fire risk is ris­ing rapidly. ‘‘ Dry weather is fore­casted to con­tinue for the dis­trict over the com­ing weeks and the fire risk will be very high,’’ Deputy Prin­ci­pal Ru­ral Fire Of­fi­cer, Mike van Bys­ter­veldt, said.

Ar­eas around rivers, streams and drain banks as well as around stands of trees and peat are very easy to catch on fire.

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