Total Fire Ban

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.

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