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Restricted Fire Season imposed for Māhia, Opoutama and Mahanga

A restricted fire season was imposed on the Māhia, Opoutama and Mahanga areas (including all beaches) last week in preparation for the summer season says Wairoa District Council Rural Fire Officer, Paul van Dorrestein.

The restricted fire season means fires cannot be lit in the open without a fire permit.

Restricted fire signs have already gone up in the Māhia, Opoutama and Mahanga areas and we really want people to take heed of the message about the restricted fire season.

"If people have any concerns, they should contact me at council and I can assist you through the process,” says Mr van Dorrestein.

“Applying for a fire permit is really easy, you can call the office and discuss your requirements with me over the phone or you can pop into the office and I’ll be available to answer any questions or walk you through getting a fire permit. We’re trying to make it a really simple process and it’s free to apply for a permit.”

Alongside the announcement of a restricted fire season for the Māhia, Opoutama and Mahanga areas, Mr van Dorrestein would like to also remind people that with Guy Fawkes this weekend that they should be particularly vigilant.

“Unfortunately around this time there is also an increase in fireworks-related callouts and we just want to remind everyone to stay safe.”

“Light your fireworks in a wide open area and keep away from anything that could catch fire, have a hose nearby or a bucket of water just as an extra safety measure and keep your pets inside on Guy Fawkes night.”

“We want everyone to enjoy Guy Fawkes night and just to be mindful of some of the precautions when lighting fireworks.”

“The main message we want the community to understand is to be aware of the conditions when lighting a fire or using fireworks and to take the necessary precautions to be safe,” says Mr van Dorrestein.

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For more information:

Paul van Dorrestein 
Rural Fire Offier 
Wairoa District Council 
(06) 838 7309 

Kitea Tipuna
Communications Strategist
Wairoa District Council
(06) 838 7309

27 October 2016

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