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Caution around Christmas

Caution around Christmas

Aucklanders are asked to remember that even though the region has received rain in the past few weeks, the restricted fire season is still in place*.

Principal Rural Fire Officer Bryan Cartelle says that no fire permits will be issued between 20 December and 6 January.

“Even with a permit we encourage caution when lighting fires and that consideration for your neighbours is also shown. Take precautions to ensure it doesn’t spread, cause damage, or contain illegal materials such as tyres, plastics, synthetic materials or treated timber,” says Mr Cartelle.

This is also a good time of year to think about insurance of property for loss and replacement from fire, Public Liability Insurance, Forest & Rural Fires Act fire suppression insurance (particularly if you are in the bush or camping a lot).

Mr Cartelle adds, “Costs involved in putting out fires can be passed on to the person responsible so it is good to have insurance to cover you, just in case the worst happens and a fire gets out of control.”

For more information on the different levels of fire restrictions or other fire related queries visit www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz ‘rural fire’ or call 09 301 0101.

*Hauraki Gulf Islands remain on a complete fire ban.

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