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Restricted Fire Season Declared

Restricted Fire Season Declared

Warm, windy weather and a spate of small fires have seen a restricted fire season declared for Hastings District and Napier City, effective from 8am on Monday 24 November (today).

The restrictions mean no person may light a fire in the open air, including incinerators and hangi, without having first obtained a written permit from the relevant council.

Gas barbecues are not affected by the restrictions.

Hastings District Council's Deputy Principal Rural Fire Officer, Paul Hawke, said people should apply for a permit at least three working days before they wish to light a fire.

“When people apply for a permit it means we know where and when their fire will take place, which helps avoid false alarms if neighbours call to report smoke. It also gives us a chance to pass on safety or weather information if need be."

Anyone lighting a fire without a permit could face substantial fines, along with a large bill for fire fighting if the fire spreads out of control.

Permits and further information can be obtained by calling 06 871 5000.

ENDS

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