Wellington Scoop

As dry spell continues, no fires in Wellington without a permit

News from Fire and Emergency NZ
As of 8am on Friday, there will be a Restricted fire season in Wellington. This includes Wellington City and the Hutt Valley, Porirua and the Kapiti Coast.

Principal Rural Fire Officer Craig Cottrill says this means anyone needing to light a fire will require a permit.

“The hot and dry conditions mean there is an increased fire risk. If you need to light a fire, please go to www.checkitsalright.nz to check how to apply for a fire permit. Your permit will require you to meet specific conditions to help you manage your fire safely.”

Craig Cottrill says it can only take a spark to start a devastating wildfire so people are urged to be careful and take precautions to stop a fire starting or getting out of control.

“Use any machinery that could spark such as lawnmowers, welding, or even a plough, in the morning or evenings – during the cooler parts of the day.

“Make sure any fires or historic burn sites from the past two months are fully extinguished.”

Total fire ban in five districts

With Wellington entering a restricted season, this means all of the North Island is now in either a Prohibited or Restricted fire season.

You can find more about the fire season status in your area and information about how you can reduce the risk of fire at www.checkitsalright.nz.

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