Auckland fire ban remains in place despite recent rain
22 March 2013
Auckland fire ban remains in place
despite recent rain
Although parts of Auckland have
experienced rain on and off this week, the region-wide fire
ban remains firmly in place.
“The rainfall experienced
has done little to decrease the region’s fire risk,”
says Principal Rural Fire Officer, Bryan Cartelle. “The
rain has been isolated, patchy and too light to have any
real impact to lessen the risk of fire in the
Auckland has witnessed first-hand the
frightening consequences that can come from a dry and hot
summer and the fire ban remains in place to help prevent
further fires from starting.
“We are certainly not yet
in a position to lift the fire ban; weather forecasts for
the next 10 days have only indicated possible rain on one
day. Aucklanders and visitors to the region need to keep
taking extra precautions while we continue to face
heightened fire danger.”
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 very dry.
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
301 0101 to speak to one of the rural fire team.
who 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 until the fire danger
is no longer classed as elevated. A council notice will
advise when the classification
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