Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 

Rain Not Enough To Change Fire Danger

Rain over the weekend has not changed the fire danger levels across the country, warns Fire and Emergency New Zealand.

Manager Rural Fire Tim Mitchell says given how dry conditions have been, the rain experienced over the past few days has not been enough to lower the wildfire risk to the point fire restrictions can be eased.

"There is still plenty of dead dry vegetation around. After the rain stops, warm and windy conditions quickly dry the vegetation again meaning there is still a great deal of fuel for fires."

"Even though there has been some rain, the fire seasons have not changed. We want everyone to continue to be careful - one spark is all it takes to start a fire."

Fire and Emergency is continuing to monitor the conditions closely as further rain is possible for some areas of the country later this week.

"Please pay attention to the fire season in your area. If you are in an area where there is a total fire ban, no fires are permitted - including rubbish fires."

Go to www.checkitsalright.nz to check the fire season status in your area and find information on how you can reduce the risk of fire.

Safety tips

- Be careful when driving any vehicles or machinery through roadside vegetation.

- If you have to use any machinery such as lawnmowers, welding, or a plough, please do this in the morning or evenings - during the cooler parts of the day.

- Make sure any permitted fires or historic burn sites from the past two months are fully extinguished. Even though they may seem out they have the potential to remain hot and flare up in these conditions.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Reserve Bank: RBNZ To Implement $30bn Large Scale Asset Purchase Programme Of NZ Govt Bonds

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has decided to implement a Large Scale Asset Purchase programme (LSAP) of New Zealand government bonds. The negative economic implications of the coronavirus outbreak have continued to intensify. The Committee ... More>>

ALSO:

Elevate NZ: Venture Fund To Lift Productivity

The Government’s new $300 million venture capital fund - announced in last year’s Budget – is now open for business as the Elevate NZ Venture Fund. Finance Minister Grant Robertson says lifting New Zealand's productivity requires well-functioning ... More>>

ALSO:


COVID-19: Case Confirmed In NZ – Expert Reaction

After spreading across the globe for months, the first case of COVID-19 has been reported in New Zealand. The Ministry of Health says the risk of a community outbreak is low, due to their preparedness and the high awareness of the disease. The Science ... More>>

ALSO:

Agriculture: New Legislation To Boost Organics

New organics legislation will boost consumer confidence and help grow an innovative sector, says Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Organics Product Bill, introduced to Parliament this week, aims to increase consumer confidence when purchasing ... More>>

ALSO:

Biodiversity Policy: Misinformation Circulating

Forest & Bird is concerned at misinformation circulating regarding a policy statement aimed at protecting New Zealand’s unique biodiversity. The National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity is being consulted on by the ... More>>

ALSO: