Fire and Emergency NZ says that from 8am tomorrow, 14 February, the Wellington Region will be in a ‘restricted fire season’. This includes the Kapiti Coast, Porirua, Wellington City and the Hutt Valley.
Principal Rural Fire Officer Craig Cottrill says this means anyone needing to light a fire will require a permit.
He says: “The current hot and dry conditions mean there is an increased fire risk.
“If you do need to light a fire, please go to www.checkitsalright.nz to check whether you will need a fire permit and apply for one.
The fire bans now cover the whole of the North Island, and parts of the South Island.
“Your permit will also 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 (cause) sparks such as lawnmowers, welding, or even a plough, in the morning or evenings — (that is) during the cooler parts of the day.
“Make sure any fires or historic burn sites from the past two months are fully extinguished,” he says.
All of the North Island affected
“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.