Summer fire ban returns for Auckland's suburbs

Last updated 05:00 03/12/2013

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Summer fire restrictions are back in force.

Aucklanders are reminded the restricted fire season started again on Sunday.

Hauraki Gulf islands have a fire ban from December 1 too.

A common sense approach should be taken and open air fires in any rural area must have an Auckland Council permit, council principal rural fire officer Bryan Cartelle says.

The permits are free. Warm, dry weather sees a rise in fire danger levels across Auckland, he says.

"We're advising people to take precautions when lighting fires to ensure they don't spread, cause damage, become a nuisance to others or contain illegal materials such as tyres, plastics, synthetic materials or treated timber.

"It's important fires are controlled and supervised at all times because the costs involved in putting out all fires may be passed on to the person responsible," Mr Caretelle says.

It's a good time to check your insurance policy too.

Property owners need to consider insurance for loss and replacement from fire, public liability insurance and Forest and Rural Fires Act fire suppression insurance, particularly if you are in the bush or camping a lot.

Visit aucklandcouncil.govt.nz "rural fire" or call 09 301 0101 for information.

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