Source: Fire and Emergency NZ
Mainland Auckland is now in a restricted fire season. The change occurred at 8am, Monday 10 January.
Fire and Emergency NZ Auckland Region Manager Ron Devlin says hot and dry conditions around the area over the holiday period have increased the fire risk.
"A restricted fire season means anyone planning on lighting an open-air fire will need a permit."
Please visit Fire and Emergency's website checkitsalright.nz prior to lighting a fire in the open air.
"This is a simple website that spells out what you can and can’t do with fire, right around the country," he says.
Also be aware of the council rules which may restrict certain activities. Any doubt please contact Fire and Emergency NZ on email@example.com
The islands of the Hauraki Gulf changed to a prohibited season - total fire ban, at the start of December.
Devlin wants everyone to think about the potential impact of lighting a fire, even if they do have a permit.
"If it is hot and windy, do not light a fire, it is just too dangerous," he says.