Need for fire permits

People lighting fires in the Waitaki district are being warned to make sure they have a permit if they need one.

Waitaki District Council emergency services manager Chris Raine said some people believed they could light fires without permits now the total fire ban had ended.

In the two weeks since the ban was lifted, the council has issued about 250 permits.

Rural fire officers have copies of those permits in their vehicles so they can make sure any fires they see are legal, and that people are following the permit conditions.

The conditions include reading the permit and signing it. The permit is not legal until signed.



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