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Source: Fire and Emergency New Zealand
All of the Manawatū-Whanganui District moves to a restricted fire season from 8am on Wednesday 2 February.
A restricted fire season means anyone planning on lighting an open-air fire will need a permit and must follow the conditions of their permit. You can apply for a permit at checkitsalright.nz.
The Ruapehu District has been in a restricted season since 28 January 2022.
Manawatū-Whanganui District Manager, Nigel Dravitzki says the hot and dry summer has caused the pre-determined fire plan triggers for a restricted fire season to be met.
“The conditions are rapidly drying out, leading to a high fire risk. By moving to a restricted fire season we can help to reduce that risk,” he says.
Everyone planning on lighting fires should check the weather conditions. If it’s hot and windy, do not light a fire, even if you have a permit.
“Fires could start and spread very easily if people aren’t careful and don’t follow our safety advice,” says Nigel Dravtizki.