A restricted fire season came into force for the mainland of the Auckland Rural Fire District from Thursday 1 December.
As usual the fire season changes come into force as we head into the summer months, in response to the drier and windier conditions. The restricted fire season means you can light a fire by permit only in mainland rural areas. A total fire ban or prohibited fire season applies for the Hauraki Gulf Islands.
The public should view the Auckland Council Rural Fire page when planning to have a fire.
“We want to encourage everyone to check it’s all right before you light,” says Auckland Council Principal Rural Fire Officer Bryan Cartelle.
“Use the easy online address locator to check what requirements are needed for your property. It’s simple and there’s tons of handy information and guidance all in one place.”
The four things to remember when planning a fire are:
- Check permissions on the Auckland Council Rural Fire page
- Burn only dry vegetation
- Supervise the fire at all times
- Have water available to put out the fire if it escapes
If you live in an urban area, you can have a small cooking or heating fires if these are used in a safe and considerate manner and you don’t create a smoke nuisance.
Council will be issuing fire permits for the region; fire management advice and permits are free of charge.
Anyone who sees a suspicious fire should call the fire service immediately on 111.