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Fire and Emergency New Zealand will be declaring and updating fire seasons for Central Otago.
From Friday, October 2nd within the areas of Alexandra, Clyde, Cromwell, Wanaka, Lake Hawea, Nasby, Ranfurly, Kurow, Otematata, Omarama and Middlemarch.
The restricted fire season will mean that any open-air fires will now need a permit.
Graeme Still who is the Otago Principal Rural Fire Officer says, “high winds are forecast across Central Otago over the weekend, and with grass drying quickly across Central Otago, at this time of year a fire can start from the smallest spark, especially in rural and semi-rural areas.
“That’s why we are moving to a restricted season. We don’t want people lighting fires unless there’s little or no wind forecast.”
“It is always important to check the weather forecast if you’re planning on lighting a fire,” Mr Still concluded.