Date: 25 November 2009
With summer fast approaching and the holiday season not far away, the Department of Conservation in Rotorua is encouraging people to plan ahead if they are planning fires over the Christmas break.
During the dates of 21st December – 5th January the Department of Conservation office in Rotorua will be closed for issuing fire permits.
Gavin Kaukau Fire Ranger at the Rotorua office is keen to have people permitted in time “We are encouraging people wanting permits to get in early to avoid disappointment during the Christmas/New Year period”
When good times go bad!
“If you live near or on public conservation land you must have a permit if you are planning to light a fire. It allows us to educate the public about safe fires, track what is being lit and expedite procedures in the case of an emergency” explains Gavin.
Anything from a controlled burn to a fire for a Christmas hangi needs a permit by law.
“All permits are always subject to current conditions and are suspended when conditions are windy or the fire danger is high”
Permits are free and can be easily obtained by calling the Department of Conservation on +64 7 349 7400.