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Fire danger rising

December 08 2010

Fire danger rising

Early signs indicate the Kāpiti Coast District is in for a long hot summer and there is already a significant fire danger, Principal Rural Fire Officer, Scott Dray said today.

“Many parts of the District are rapidly drying out and starting to present a high fire risk,” he said.

“I want to remind residents that the Kāpiti Coast District has a year round Restricted Fire Season, which means any person wanting to light a firein the open in urban or rural areas (including the beach) must have a permit.

“You can apply for a permit any time during normal office hours from any Kāpiti Coast District Council office.

“Anyone who lights a fire without a permit or breaks the permit conditions may be liable for the cost of putting the fire out and/or any damages caused. They may also be prosecuted under the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977 or the Kāpiti Coast District Council Fire Prevention Bylaw 2010.

“It’s important for property owners, particularly in rural areas, to clear away rubbish, mow lawns and ensure there is a defensible space around their dwellings.

“Even with a valid permit, don’t light fires in windy conditions or after dark, never leave a fire unattended and always ensure you have a suitable water source close at hand so the fire can be thoroughly extinguished.

“If the current hot and dry conditions continue it is quite likely we will have to impose a total fire ban in the New Year but, in the meantime, please take care and have a safe and happy summer.”

ENDS

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