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Source: Fire and Emergency New Zealand
All the Hauraki Gulf Islands are in a Prohibited Fire Season – meaning no outdoor fires are allowed on the Islands. This Total Fire Ban has been in place since Monday 14 December.
Principal Rural Fire Officer Thomas Harre says a Restricted Fire Season means fires are by permit only. People will need to apply for a permit before being able to light an outdoor fire on the Auckland mainland. Anyone with a permit will need to follow the conditions prior to lighting their fire.
“Applying for a permit is free and easy – just go to www.checkitsalright.nz and follow the instructions,” says Thomas Harre.
“In both restricted and prohibited fire seasons you can use charcoal or gas barbeques and have a hangi on your property – but check the fire danger level for the day you plan to use them at www.checkitsalright.nz. “
“It’s essential to be aware of the fire risks and do the right things to prevent a wildfire starting and spreading.”
“Make sure you light any fires safely – for instance don’t light in a strong wind or in dry weather conditions and make sure nothing flammable nearby . Don’t leave your fire unattended, always have a hose or water close by, and make sure your fire is fully extinguished when you’re done.”
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