Rural fire danger extreme
Hot dry weather will bring extreme
fire danger over the next few days meaning that one careless
act could spark a devastating blaze warns Department of
Conservation (DOC) fire officer Tony Teeling.
beautiful summer weather is pushing the risk of fire into
the extreme meaning fires will start easily and they will
spread fast,” says Teeling.
“DOC asks that people do
not light fires at all over the next few days while
temperatures soar and humidity plummets.
avoid driving off-road, hot outdoor work such as grinding
and welding, and use of motorised equipment including
mowers, chainsaws and scrub bars.
“In situations where
people have already lit fires, please return to the old fire
site to confirm it is totally out.
“Back country users
need to take extreme care with all cooking devices, ensuring
they are in an area clear of vegetation and cannot easily be
Within Canterbury there are areas of total fire
ban and other areas where restrictions apply. People are
advised to contact their local rural fire authority for
further information on activities that may cause fire.
staff have already been called out to over 50 fires in
Canterbury this season, and remain on high
Under the Forest and Rural Fires Act,
DOC is the Rural Fire Authority responsible for preventing
and controlling fire on public conservation land, all
unoccupied crown land and within one kilometre of these
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