As of 8am this morning, all of Wairarapa is now in a restricted fire season.
This means that anyone planning on lighting an open-air fire will need a permit.
In declaring the restricted season, Wellington District community risk manager Phil Soal said the region has started to dry out, with fire conditions set to become more dangerous as forecast higher temperatures, reduced rainfall, and windier El Niño weather patterns kick in as summer progresses.
“We have already seen a few small fires escape recently, but thankfully they were able to be brought under control relatively quickly,” Soal said.
“As the fire danger continues to increase, it becomes more difficult to control fires, especially with the wind we have been experiencing.
“If you have a permit, follow the conditions listed on your permit.”
Fire and Emergency encourages anyone who plans on lighting fires this season to check the weather conditions.
“If it’s hot and windy, do not light a fire, even if you have a permit,” Soal said.
You can apply for an open-fire permit – as well as get tips on how to stay ‘fire safe’ – at www.checkitsalright.nz.