Don’t wait un­til sum­mer

The Tribune (NZ) - - SQUARE CIRCULAR -

The of­fi­cial ru­ral fire sea­son has now be­gun and ru­ral fire of­fi­cers through­out the re­gion are en­cour­ag­ing ru­ral res­i­dents to burn piles of tree trim­mings and gen­eral farm rub­bish now.

Palmer­ston North Ru­ral Fire Of­fi­cer, Graeme McIn­tyre said the po­ten­tial for a very hot dry sum­mer due to the pre­dicted ex­treme El Nino may make much of this area dryer than nor­mal and we could be in a Pro­hib­ited Fire Sea­son by the be­gin­ning to mid-De­cem­ber. “We are ask­ing peo­ple to con­sider burn­ing their rub­bish as soon as pos­si­ble while the risk of fire spread­ing is lower.” Flames cre­ate con­vec­tion cur­rents where sparks can travel up to 1km away which are then at risk of start­ing fires due to dry ground. Burn­ing rub­bish now means the ground is still damp and there are fewer fire risks. “We ask that you first make sure you are not in an area that has a Fire By Per­mit re­stric­tion through­out the year and if you have any doubt or con­cerns about light­ing any fires please con­tact your lo­cal coun­cil's Ru­ral Fire Of­fi­cer who is more than will­ing to give ad­vice or if re­quired look into a fire per­mit for your area,” Graeme said. The ad­vice of your lo­cal Ru­ral Fire Of­fi­cers is a free ser­vice and it is ad­vised those who have con­cerns or in­quiries to please call them. If you light fires, please keep in mind that th­ese should not cause a smoke nui­sance to road traf­fic as well as neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties, en­sure some­one re­mains on site at all times and con­sider some means of be­ing able to ex­tin­guish the fire if it gets out of con­trol. Avoid burn­ing your piles af­ter dark when vis­i­bil­ity is poor.

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