Hastings: Weather conditions increase threat of rural fire

Press Release – Hastings District Council

Rural fire officers are carefully watching the weather conditions as vegetation in Hawke’s Bay continues to dry out and the fire risk increases. Principal Rural Fire Officer, Don Scott says “Gale force winds up to 140 km/h are forecast over …January 13, 2012

Weather conditions increase threat of rural fires

Rural fire officers are carefully watching the weather conditions as vegetation in Hawke’s Bay continues to dry out and the fire risk increases.

Principal Rural Fire Officer, Don Scott says “Gale force winds up to 140 km/h are forecast over the next few days with temperatures reaching 30 degrees. These are the ideal conditions for fires to develop on rural properties around Hawke’s Bay.”

“We are asking property owners to be absolutely sure that all existing fires are properly extinguished and no new fires are lit while these conditions exist. Vegetation on the plains and in coastal areas is starting to become very dry, which means extra care must be taken when dealing with rubbish, cooking or outdoor fires.

Mr Scott says “Hastings is not under any fire restrictions at the moment but rural fire officers are keeping a close eye on the weather conditions and will impose fire bans in the coming weeks if vegetation becomes too dry.”

Don Scott says “Fires can cost lives and destroy property and if you light a fire which gets out of control you may be held responsible. Almost all rural fires are easily avoidable and we ask everyone to make sure you do all you can to prevent them.”

Anyone wishing more information about lighting fires should contact the Rural Fire officer for advice on (06) 871 5000.

ENDS

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