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Fire Restrictions To Be Lifted

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

Fire restrictions are to be lifted in parts of the Southern Rural Fire District from Saturday 16 May.

District principal rural fire officer Mike Grant said weather conditions have meant people living in Zone A areas can now burn without a fire permit.

"Responsibility is on the person lighting the fire to make sure it cannot escape," Mr Grant said.

"There is still a large amount of dry grass and vegetation around so fires should not be lit on windy days or when wind is forecast," he said.

Mr Grant also advised people to make sure smoke does not cause a nuisance to neighbours or create a hazard near roads.

A restricted fire season is still in place in Zone B areas. This means fires in that area need a permit except for those in incinerators and offal holes or barbecues. Hedge and tree trimmings can also be burnt when the fire is 30m away from shelter belts, trees, fences or buildings.

If anyone has any questions, please phone 0800 773 363.

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