Total fire ban lifted but restricted fire season applies for rural Rotorua

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Rotorua District Council (RDC) is lifting the areas total fire ban but a restricted fire season for rural Rotorua comes into effect from Monday (15 April).

The total fire ban has been in place across the entire Rotorua District since late January because of the extreme fire risk from the very dry conditions.

RDC acting principle rural fire officer Richard Horn said the total fire ban was being lifted as the current weather meant fire conditions were no longer extreme.

However during the restricted fire period a fire permit is required in rural areas for all outdoor fires, such as vegetation, hangi and brazier fires.

The restricted fire season runs through until the end of April.

Fire permits could be applied for at Rotorua District Councils Civic Centre or by calling the council on 07 348 4199.

A small incinerator, drum fire, hangi or brazier fire is allowed in urban areas during this time as long as they are used safely and considerately.

Mr Horn thanked residents and visitors for their cooperation over the last few months. He said without this support there would have been many more fire related calls, more damage to property and potential risk to the population.

As a result of residents cooperation during the last few very dry months its been a relatively safe period for everyone, so were appreciative that people have played their part. Well done Rotorua.

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