Open air fire ban imposed

Last updated 05:00 04/12/2013

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An open air fire ban has been imposed on the Hauraki Gulf Islands because of the lack of rain.

Principal rural fire officer for Auckland Bryan Cartelle made the announcement last Thursday after the warmest November since records began in 1959.

He says the fire danger levels across Auckland are elevated due to the warm, dry weather, especially in coastal scrubland areas.

"The fire ban means that any fire device used outside must be approved by the Rural Fire Authority, with a spark arrestor to prevent the spread of flammable debris from the device.

"We are always happy to inspect and offer advice on these matters," he says.

All open air solid fuelled cooking fires including wood, charcoal, coal, briquette and paper fires are on the banned list.

Open air barbecues, braziers, chimeras or other fires, both on private land and in public places including foreshores, are also banned.

"Costs involved in putting out fires will be passed on to the person responsible for illegally lighting a fire," Mr Cartrelle says.

Visit rural fire or call 09 301 0101 for more information on the different levels of fire restrictions or other fire-related queries.

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