Fire permits now needed

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A restricted fire season is on in rural areas of Waikato district from Saturday, January 10, with permits required for all open-air fires.

Principal Rural Fire Officer Gordon Bailey said dry conditions had prompted the introduction of the fire restrictions.

Applications for fire permits can be made by contacting Waikato District Council on 0800 492 452 or by downloading an application form online here.

“We’ve had limited rain with high temperatures across the district and this contributes to a rapid increase in fire-weather danger levels,” Bailey said.

“With these conditions there is a risk of fires spreading particularly if we have strong winds – they can make fire behaviour extremely unpredictable.”

Bailey said anyone lighting fires must do so in a responsible manner, ensuring they’re safe, will not spread or cause any smoke nuisance to neighbours or nearby road users.

“It’s timely to remind people that any costs incurred to extinguish fires must be covered by the person responsible for lighting a fire or the landowner.”

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