Manawatu Standard

Manawatu¯ moves to open fire season

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Manawatu¯, Rangitı¯kei and Palmerston North districts willmove to an open fire season on Monday, with the exception of beaches across the regions where open-air fireswill remain prohibited. An open fire season means people planning on lighting an open-air fire don’t need a permit prior to lighting. Principal rural fire officer Bradley Shanks said recent rainfall and cooler weather have helped to reduce the risk of a fire spreading around the Manawatu¯ and Rangitı¯kei districts. However, he encouraged people planning on lighting open-air fires to go online to checkitsal­right.nz for further informatio­n and advice.

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