Total Fire Ban
Friday, December 22, 2017
A total fire ban came into force in South Taranaki from Thursday (21 Dec) morning.
"Any fire will be an illegal fire," said Taranaki/Ruapehu/Whanganui principal rural fire officer Nigel Dravitzki.
The tightening restrictions around fire-lighting were needed due to the ongoing warm, dry weather, he said. The ban came into effect from 8am.
Dravitzki said exceptions to the ban would be made for gas-fired barbecues, while hāngī fires or umu were still possible but advice would be needed to be sought first from a rural fire officer.
For updated information about the rural fire risk, or for advice, visit www.checkitsalright.nz or call 0800 658 628.