Open fire season for Bay of Plenty

Recent weather conditions have reduced the fire risk, says FENZ district manager Jeff Maunder. Photo: Daniel Hines/File/SunLive.

Bay of Plenty District is now in an open fire season.

The region was placed into a restricted fire season back in February due to dry conditions.

As of 8am today, those restrictions have now been lifted.

This includes Tauranga, South Waikato, Western Bay of Plenty, Taupō, Whakatāne, Kawerau and Ōpōtiki.

District Manager Jeff Maunder says that an open fire season means permits are no longer required to light fires in the open-air.

"The recent weather conditions have reduced the fire risk and we’re comfortable that fire permits are not needed at this time."

However, Jeff reminds everyone that they still need to take care and be responsible when lighting outdoor fires.

"Before you light a fire, make sure to check the conditions on www.checkitsalright.nz. If it’s hot and windy, please postpone your fire until the conditions are less of a risk."

For more fire safety advice go to www.checkitsalright.nz.




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