Fire restrictions to stop burn-offs

Fire restrictions have been put in place throughout Manawatu, Rangitikei and Horowhenua.

Principal Rural Fire Officer Brent Fanning said the restrictions came into force today, and meant any fires in those three areas required a permit.

The number of vegetation fires had increased this year following a windy, dry spring.

People didn’t realise how dry it was and many were attempting burn-offs, he said.

Yesterday, the fire service was called to a fire that had reignited in a tree stump following a burn-off on Raumai Rd in Bulls, he said.

It was the second time they had been called out to the property to put out the stumps.

There was also a vegetation fire on Santoft Rd near Lake Alice, that ripped through a 50m by 3m section of Toetoe bushes about 8:30 last night.

The cause of that fire was still unknown.

The weather would decide how long the restriction would be in place, or whether it would become a complete ban, Mr Fanning said.

Manawatu Standard