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Fire Danger Warning

National Rural Fire Authority

Fire Danger Warning

17 January, 2006

Over the last few weeks a number of significant fires have occurred in Northland, Nelson and Canterbury largely due to the high wind conditions associated with dry conditions that are being experienced in these areas.

The Metservice is forecasting that northwest winds may reach severe gale force
in Canterbury for a time overnight and Wednesday morning. Northwesterlies may also reach severe gale force for a time in Marlborough, Wellington, and Wairarapa Wednesday morning and afternoon.

This is a timely reminder to the public that conditions are significantly dry and that any fires that are lit or start in these strong wind conditions have the potential to get out of control.

The public are reminded to take the following actions:

- Check with your local Rural fire Authority for any fire permit conditions for your area if you wish to light a fire

- Before lighting a fire check the long range weather forecast and ensure light winds are forecast

- When lighting a fire ensure that it is supervised and is completely extinguished before leaving it

- If you notice any suspicious fires ring 111

ENDS

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