Grumpy of­fi­cial pon­ders fire ban

The Northland Age - - Local News -

“Fire risk is the high­est be­tween 11am and 5pm, although most of the ac­tiv­i­ties are un­der­taken around 3pm, when rel­a­tive hu­mid­ity is at its low­est and the heat high­est, so peo­ple need to be very care­ful of any ig­ni­tion sources.

“I un­der­stand at this time of the year peo­ple would want to dis­pose of their rub­bish, but they need to con­sider that the fire dan­ger is el­e­vated. If they are un­sure, they should con­tact the fire ser­vice or hold off un­til con­di­tions are favourable,” Mr Tay­lor said.

No ac­tion had been taken against those caught burn­ing rub­bish without a per­mit so far be­cause Fire and Emer­gency pre­ferred to ed­u­cate peo­ple on the dan­gers of light­ing open fires in hot weather.

He warned, how­ever, that in­sur­ance com­pa­nies might not cover any dam­age that re­sulted from de­lib­er­ately lit fires.

The max­i­mum penalty for light­ing a fire in open air without a per­mit dur­ing a re­stricted fire sea­son is two years’ im­pris­on­ment and/or a $300,000 fine.

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