Dry and windy weather has increased the fire risk in the
Auckland region, causing concern for firefighters ahead of
Guy Fawkes night.
Auckland Council principal rural fire officer Bryan Cartelle
has issued a warning after crews were called to a number of
controlled burns getting out of control.
Mr Cartelle said people should consider safety rules around
burn-offs, including burning during daylight hours,
supervising at all times, and not burning green vegetation,
rubber, plastic, toxic materials, treated timber or building
In rural areas, a fire truck must be able to access property
at all times in case of emergency.
Mr Cartelle encouraged people to also review the safety zones
around their homes.
"By taking simple measures like removing fuels from near your
house, and ensuring that there is enough water on the
property, you can give fire fighters a chance to save your
home from advancing fire."
With Guy Fawkes on November 5, Mr Cartelle said it was a
timely reminder to take care when using fireworks or having
bonfires at home.
He also urged people to take care when using charcoal or wood
fire barbecues and hangi.