Gisborne in restricted fire season

Anyone who wants to light an outdoor fire in the Gisborne / Tairāwhiti area will now need to apply for a permit.

Principal Rural Fire Officer Ray Dever said it has been hot and bone dry.

“Recent hot conditions have meant it’s very dry in Tairāwhiti. There is a lot of dry vegetation around which, when combined with the heat, could cause a fire to spread very quickly.

“It’s important anyone in Tairāwhiti, residents or visitors, follow the fire season. Apply for a permit if you want to light an outdoor fire. If you have a permit, follow the conditions listed on it,” he said.

Applying for a permit is free and can be obtained from the Fire and Emergency website where there is also information on local fire danger and fire season status.

“Getting a permit means we can help you plan your fire and give advice, like the best day, time and location, to prevent it getting out of control,” Dever said.

“You won’t need a permit to light gas or charcoal barbecues or have a hangi or umu – but do check the fire danger level for the day you plan to have one at and follow our fire safety tips.”