DOC urges vigilance

Last updated 10:22 31/01/2013

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The Department of Conservation (DOC) is calling for extra vigilance ahead of the hot weather in Canterbury to protect the region’s national parks.


DOC staff have already been called out to over 50 fires in Canterbury this season, and remain on high alert.
The hot dry weather will bring extreme fire danger over the next few days and  one careless act could spark a devastating blaze DOC fire officer Tony Teeling said.


‘‘Our beautiful summer weather is pushing the risk of fire into the extreme meaning fires will start easily and they will spread fast,’’ Mr Teeling said.


‘‘DOC asks that people do not light fires at all over the next few days while temperatures soar and humidity plummets.


‘‘In addition avoid driving off-road, hot outdoor work such as grinding and welding, and use of motorised equipment including mowers, chainsaws and scrub bars.


‘‘In situations where people have already lit fires, please return to the old fire site to confirm it is totally out.
‘‘Back country users need to take extreme care with all cooking devices, ensuring they are in an area clear of vegetation and cannot easily be upset.’’

 

Within the Waimakariri there is a total fire ban and the Hurunui district has issued a restricted fire season.
People are advised to contact their local rural fire authority for further information on activities that may cause fire.

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