As of 8 am this morning (Thursday 17 March) the Manawatū-Whanganui District has returned to restricted fire season.

Fire and Emergency announced the restrictions come as a result of the current dry windy conditions. The restricted season covers all the Horowhenua, Palmerston North, Manawatū, Rangitikei, Ruapehu, and Whanganui District Council Areas.

District Manager Nigel Dravitzki said “The environment is rapidly drying out, leading to a very high-risk fire situation”

“This means fires could start and spread very easily if people aren’t careful or don’t follow our safety advice.

District manager Nigel Dravitzki. Photo / Bevan Conley
The District Manager went on to remind permit holders to follow the conditions listed on their permit, and if anyone discovers signs of smoke, dial 111 immediately.
“Please also check any old fire sites to ensure they are completely cold and fully extinguished. In these windy conditions, an old fire not fully extinguished could easily reignite and swiftly spread”
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“Everyone planning on lighting fires should check the weather conditions. If it’s hot and windy, do not light a fire, even if you have a permit,” said Nigel Dravitzki.

This week alone there have been two large vegetation fires across the Whanganui region.

Tuesday and Wednesday saw crews and helicopters fighting large fires on Denlair Rd followed by another vegetation fire on Whanganui River Rd. Both of these fires have been extinguished.

You can apply for a fire permit online at firepermit.nz

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