Fire per­mits on hold with damp sea­son to date

North Waikato News - - News -

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.

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