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Fire and Emergency asks for vigilance due to fire risk

Fire and Emergency asks for vigilance due to extreme fire risk


The fire risk across most regions of New Zealand is now extreme, and in response, and Fire and Emergency is asking the public to be vigilant.

Fire bans and restrictions are in place across most of the country:

Fire bans are in place in Northland, Auckland, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty/Central North Island, Christchurch City and Banks Peninsular, Nelson, Marlborough and Central Otago.

Restricted Fire Seasons are in place in most other areas of the country.

Fire and Emergency’s Principal Advisor Fire Risk Management, Peter Gallagher, says the extreme fire risk is the result of long periods without significant rain, and abundant Spring vegetation growth that has now dried off.

"We are not expecting to see a significant change in fire danger in the next two to four weeks. These very dry conditions increase the chance of a single spark creating a large fire.

"We’re asking the public to stop and think before they undertake certain activities outside, and to remain vigilant," he says.

Fire prevention advice

- Call 111 if you see any signs of fire or suspicious activity.

- Go to http://www.checkitsalright.nz/ for fire season status and rules relating to outdoor fires.

- Do not mow long, dry grass if there’s a chance of hitting a rock. If a mower’s metal blades hit even a tiny rock, it can cause a spark and ignite a fire.

- Take extreme care when performing hot work outdoors, such as grinding, welding or metal cutting.

ENDS


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