Rain across the Southland District has seen a decrease in fire danger, prompting Fire and Emergency New Zealand to move the area back to an open fire season.
The District entered a restricted season on 20 December, but Fire and Emergency Southland District Manager Julian Tohiariki says the fire danger indicators show that an open season is now more appropriate.
The open season came into effect at 8am on Friday, 26 January and mean permits will no longer be required to light an open-air fire.
Julian Tohiariki says people should remain vigilant with safety when lighting a fire in an open season.
“The wind will remain a factor through to autumn – everyone should continue to take care when lighting fires.
“An open fire season means permits are not required, however if you are lighting a fire you need to make sure it is safe and out once you complete burning.
“As it is still early in the season, conditions may dry out again, so check the fire season before burning to determine if you need a permit.”
For advice on how to burn safely during an open season, to check the fire danger on a given day and to check the current fire season, people can visit www.checkitsalright.nz.