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Restricted Fire Season declared in Horowhenua District

Restricted Fire Season declared in Horowhenua District

Permits will be required for all open-air fires with a Restricted Fire Season declared in the Horowhenua District from midnight this Wednesday until further notice.

This means that permits will be required for all fires in the open air, except for barbecues lit in properly constructed containers and fuelled with gas or liquid fuel.

The Restricted Fire Season covers the entire Horowhenua district, including urban and rural areas, as well as Department of Conservation land bordering the District.

Permits will be issued during normal office hours only, after allowing sufficient time for an inspection to be made by a Rural Fire Officer.

Principal Rural Fire Officer Brent Fanning says permits will be issued only for essential land operations such as stubble burns.

"An application to light a fire that contains large logs, stumps or other heavy fuel or slash will not be approved."

Mr Fanning says people should also be aware that a total fire ban is in place on all beaches.

For all fire emergencies phone 111 and give your name, address, telephone number and rural number (if applicable).

All enquiries and fire permit requests should be made to the Horowhenua District Council on 06 366 0999.

ENDS

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