Permit required for open air fires
A fire ban is now in place in Palmerston North and bordering Department of Conservation land.
It started at midnight last night.
The restricted fire season means any open air fire apart from a gas or liquid-fuelled barbecue or cooking fire in an approved concrete or stone surround will need a permit.
Permits will only be issued during normal office hours after an inspection by a rural fire officer.
Deputy principal rural fire officer Graeme McIntyre said no fires should be lit in gusty wind, if smoke will be a nuisance for neighbours, or if the person lighting the fire cannot stay to ensure it is put out properly.