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Bon­fires, bra­ziers and pizza ovens can’t be lit in Mata­mata un­til Fe­bru­ary 8.

This is due to a re­stricted fire sea­son be­ing in place.

Res­i­dents can’t light any fire in the open air with­out a fire per­mit from the Thames Val­ley Ru­ral Fire Au­thor­ity.

This also in­cludes Chi­nese lanterns, solid fuel pizza ovens and in­cin­er­a­tors (un­less they have a door and chim­ney with spark ar­restor).

Hangi and solid fuel BBQs are ok, as long as you have a per­mit which can be ob­tained through the Mata­mata-Pi­ako District Coun­cil of­fice.

Farm­ers can’t get fire per­mits for land clear­ing and large wood lots due to the cur­rent fire dan­ger.

The au­thor­ity asks farm­ers and life­style prop­erty own­ers to wait un­til the end of sum­mer when fire dan­ger indi­ca­tors re­turn to a safer level.

The Mata­mata Fire Brigade had to ex­tin­guish sev­eral fires which went against the fire ban. ‘‘We have been called to a num­ber of calls in the town boundary that have been rub­bish fires,’’ Mata­mata fire chief Kevin Cur­tis said.

‘‘It is not an­noy­ing to be called out if some­one re­quires help, how­ever if they are burn­ing and ig­nor­ing the ban and they get an­gry at us for do­ing our job that is an­noy­ing.’’

He said there is a pos­si­bil­ity that these peo­ple may be fined and pos­si­bly charged by the fire ser­vice.

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