Open fire season on

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An open fire season starts from Wednesday, April 1 in the Waikato district.

That means permits are no longer required across the district unless the fire is within a Department of Conservation area or within a one kilometre safety margin around such an area.

Principal Rural Fire Officer Gordon Bailey says it’s important for people lighting fires, as well as landowners, to be aware they are responsible for ensuring the fire is safe, controllable and monitored to ensure it doesn’t spread.

“Special attention is required for areas where peat soils exist as these fires can spread undetected and can be extremely difficult to control.”

Residents who have applied for a fire permit over recent weeks will be contacted by Council staff to confirm the new details.

And, by the way, water restrictions introduced over summer no longer apply. (Forgot to post the update, which seems pretty obvious after the rain anyway. Ed.)

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