The fire risk is lower in Dunedin than in other parts of
Otago, thanks to occasional rain and high humidity levels,
the Dunedin City Council says.
Council civil defence and rural fires manager Neil Brown said
the city's fire risk was still moderate to high, but well
below levels where announcing a fire ban might be
He still did, however, have a warning for Dunedin
residents:Despite the moderate risk, there could be short
periods where high temperatures, lower humidity and wind
could create conditions that would make it more likely for
fires to start accidentally and spread more rapidly.
Care should always be exercised with ignition sources and
when carrying out permitted burns.
The council had a series of automatic weather stations around
rural areas that enabled staff to closely monitor fire-risk
conditions, Mr Brown said.