Fire ban in place

bonfireA restricted fire season is in place from today Monday (December 9) for both urban and rural areas in the Waikato.

Permits are required from Waikato District Council for all fires in the open air, with the exception of barbecues, hangis, brazier-type fires and fires within a properly constructed incinerator.

The restriction is the result of the current climatic conditions, says principal rural fire officer Andy Baker.

“The weather has been dry and windy which when combined with rising summer temperatures means fire danger levels are increasing. We’ve had an open fire season in place since May so hopefully residents needing to burn large piles have already done so.

“Our main concern is the risk of fires spreading which is heightened by the dry condition of fuels and strong wind. Of particular concern across Waikato are the areas of peat soils where fires can become deep seated and difficult to extinguish.”

Mr Baker is urging people who need to light fires to do so in a responsible manner, ensuring they are safe, will not spread or cause any smoke nuisance to neighbours or nearby road users.

“Any cost incurred to put fires out may be borne by the person responsible for lighting a fire or the landowner so care must be taken.”

Applications for permits can be made by contacting Waikato District Council.

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