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Lack of rain extends restricted fire season

Media release

1 April 2014

Lack of rain extends restricted fire season

The rainfall experienced in Auckland has done little to decrease the region’s fire risk. The current restricted fire season remains firmly in place. All open fires continue to require a valid fire permit.

“We are extending the restricted fire season until further notice due to prolonged dry conditions across the region. We hope to go into an Open Season once we receive significant rain,” says Principal Rural Fire Officer, Bryan Cartelle.

“Apart from the storm last month, dry weather prevails in Auckland with only isolated and light patches of rain. Aucklanders are urged to check it’s alright before they light.”

Council will be issuing fire permits in parts of the region and the permits are free of charge.

To apply for a permit of further information, including any queries regarding fire permits, please visit the rural fires page on www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/ruralfire or call Auckland Council on 09 301 0101 and ask to speak to a rural fire team member.

Anyone who sees a fire or suspicious smoke should call the fire service immediately on 111.

The website will be updated once the change in fire season has occurred.

The Hauraki Gulf Islands remain in a prohibited fire season.

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