Auckland fire ban remains in place
14 February 2013
Auckland fire ban remains in
Despite some signs of cooler weather and recent
brief periods of drizzle, Aucklanders are being reminded
fire danger is still very high and the region-wide fire ban
remains firmly in place.
Bryan Cartelle, Principal Rural
Fire Officer, says people shouldn’t be fooled by slightly
colder weather conditions.
“We certainly are not yet in
a position to lift the fire ban; it remains in place for
good reason. This is not the time to become complacent and
we ask locals and visitors to Auckland to keep taking extra
precautions while we continue to face heightened fire
“While we welcome the little rain we’ve had,
it has done little to alleviate risk the short term
“We have already seen the frightening side of
what can come with a dry and hot summer and currently a
complete fire ban is still necessary and the safest
Solid fuel (coal and wood) barbeques and
retail type fireworks remain banned at all beaches, parks
and reserves. Anyone using bbqs at home should take extra
care especially around grass, shrubs and trees that remain
The fire ban includes Great Barrier, Kawau,
Waiheke, and all other Hauraki Gulf Islands, as well as
Auckland’s urban areas, which are serviced by the New
Zealand Fire Service.
For further information, including
any queries regarding fire permits, please visit the rural
fires page on our website or call Auckland Council on 09
3010101 to speak to one of the rural fire team.
sees a fire or suspicious smoke should call the fire service
immediately on 111.
The fire ban cancels all existing fire
permits and will remain in place until the fire danger is no
longer classed as elevated. A council notice will notify the
public of this; we do thank you for your collective
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