Rubbish fires spark fire service call outs

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FIREFIGHTERS were called twice overnight to backyard rubbish fires in Gisborne and in one case neighbours initially thought their house was on fire, there was so much smoke.

Fire and Emergency NZ received that call just before 11pm last night to a house in Kaiti.

“The neighbours were obviously concerned and we put the rubbish fire out,” a senior firefighter said.

“Backyard rubbish fires in the city cannot be lit without a permit, and should not be left burning after dark.”

A fire crew was called to another rubbish fire at around 7am this morning.

“We have had quite a few of these calls lately. It’s always an ongoing issue,” the senior firefighter said.

“People need to be aware that there is a permit system in place through the Gisborne District Council and they must abide by the conditions of their permit.

“Those conditions usually mean no fires burning after dark.”

FIREFIGHTERS were called twice overnight to backyard rubbish fires in Gisborne and in one case neighbours initially thought their house was on fire, there was so much smoke.

Fire and Emergency NZ received that call just before 11pm last night to a house in Kaiti.

“The neighbours were obviously concerned and we put the rubbish fire out,” a senior firefighter said.

“Backyard rubbish fires in the city cannot be lit without a permit, and should not be left burning after dark.”

A fire crew was called to another rubbish fire at around 7am this morning.

“We have had quite a few of these calls lately. It’s always an ongoing issue,” the senior firefighter said.

“People need to be aware that there is a permit system in place through the Gisborne District Council and they must abide by the conditions of their permit.

“Those conditions usually mean no fires burning after dark.”

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