Extended Total Fire Ban

Extended Total Fire Ban

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The continued dry weather in South Taranaki District has prompted a total fire ban in both rural and urban areas.

From midnight this Wednesday (30 January) all fires – including incinerators, wood or coal barbecues and hangi – will be prohibited in the rural and urban areas of South Taranaki. Only gas-fired BBQs will be allowed.

All residents need to be aware that if they light a fire, the full costs of extinguishing these fires will be charged to the property owner.

“The whole district is very, very dry,” says Rural Fire Officer, John Gunn. “Fighting fires puts a major drain on the district’s water supplies, which are already under severe stress. We don’t need to be using water to put out fires if we can avoid it,” he says.

A total fire ban means all current permits are suspended from midnight Wednesday 30 January. These restrictions shall remain in place until further notice.

Residents are reminded to phone the Fire Service on 111 if they see any fire.