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Total Fire Ban for the Coromandel Till 8 February

TOTAL FIRE BAN FOR THE COROMANDEL
Press Release
30 December

Please take care with your bbq's this summer as there's a total fire ban in place across the Coromandel from 20 December 2013 until 8 February 2014.

The fire ban includes domestic fireworks, chinese lanterns, beach fires, braziers, non-approved incinerators, solid fuelled BBQ's (wood/charcoal), chimeras, traditional cooking and hangi fires.

The fire ban doesn't include gas BBQ's.

"However we are recommending in rural areas as a safety and precautionary measure that gas bbq's where possible be at least 5m minimum from buildings, timber fences or other combustible materials," says Principal Rural Fire officer Del Read, from Thames Valley Rural Fire Authority. "While this is not a legal requirement it may help prevent a fire getting out of control and becoming a bush or scrub fire."

"In more urban areas we realise that a 5m distance is unrealistic, so the safety message here is for gas bbqs to be supervised by an adult at all times and extinguished on completion," says Mr Read. "BBQ's with a covered hood are also considered much safer."

Meanwhile a special permit may be granted for cooking and hangi fires for community and cultural events on private land.

Each application will be treated on its merits and can be applied for by contacting our Council's customer service team on 07 868 0200.

Please note a fire permit doesn't exempt the permit holder from any liability for costs or damages caused by the fire should it get out of control.

ENDS

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