Fire permits on hold with damp season to date
Waikato District Council will stay in an open fire season at this stage, due to the large amount of rain over the past month.
An open fire season means fires can be lit in the open air, with no requirement for a permit.
Principal Rural Fire Officer Gordon Bailey points out even though a permit is not required at this stage, extreme care must still be taken.
‘‘If you’re lighting a fire, make sure you consider your neighbours. As well, do remember you are responsible for the fire and will be held accountable if the fire escapes your control.
‘‘Special attention should be given to areas in the district where peat soil exists, as this is where fires can become deepseated and difficult to extinguish’’.
Bailey is urging people who need to light fires to do so in a responsible manner, ensuring they are safe and won’t spread.
He also encouraged residents to use the open season as an opportunity to carry out safe burns, which would reduce the need for fire during the hotter months.