District faces challenging fire season

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THE district faces a challenging fire season this summer and the region’s fire authorities have urged the public to obey the Total Fire Ban that came into force across the region yesterday.

It has now become illegal to light a fire in the open anywhere and at any time.

“We are faced with a tough fire season across Tairawhiti and the fire risk is now high to very high everywhere,” said principal rural fire officer Ray Dever.

“Traditional cooking fires will be allowed, subject to a permit being issued, but even then there will be a limit on how long we can allow that.

“At this stage we will only be allowing cooking fire permit until January 1-2, after that I expect it will be too dry to allow any more.”

Mr Dever said he expected the Total Fire Ban to remain in place until at least the end of January.

“We will be review the situation then.

“I would add though that if we got substantial amounts of rain bertween now and then, and it would have to be a lot of rain, we might review the situation earlier.”

Mr Dever said it was critically important for the public to abide by the ban.

“We are going to need all the help we can get during this testing fire season, and we would ask the public to help us.
“They should also report any smoke they see from now on to the fire authorities.”

THE district faces a challenging fire season this summer and the region’s fire authorities have urged the public to obey the Total Fire Ban that came into force across the region yesterday.

It has now become illegal to light a fire in the open anywhere and at any time.

“We are faced with a tough fire season across Tairawhiti and the fire risk is now high to very high everywhere,” said principal rural fire officer Ray Dever.

“Traditional cooking fires will be allowed, subject to a permit being issued, but even then there will be a limit on how long we can allow that.

“At this stage we will only be allowing cooking fire permit until January 1-2, after that I expect it will be too dry to allow any more.”

Mr Dever said he expected the Total Fire Ban to remain in place until at least the end of January.

“We will be review the situation then.

“I would add though that if we got substantial amounts of rain bertween now and then, and it would have to be a lot of rain, we might review the situation earlier.”

Mr Dever said it was critically important for the public to abide by the ban.

“We are going to need all the help we can get during this testing fire season, and we would ask the public to help us.
“They should also report any smoke they see from now on to the fire authorities.”

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