Prohibited fire season lifted

Phil Marsh
Phil Marsh
Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fenz) has lifted the prohibited fire season in the upper Waitaki, Central, Strath Taieri, Naseby and Glendhu Bluffs fire zones from today.

The areas are moving to a restricted fire season. People can only light outdoor fires if they have a fire permit approved by Fenz.

Prohibited fire seasons were also lifted and replaced with a restricted fire season in Otago’s Lakes and coastal Waitaki fire zones last week.

"Heavy rain this week broke the back of dry conditions and reduced the fire danger right across the district," Fenz Otago district manager Phil Marsh said.

Apart from significant recent rainfall, vegetation was becoming damper with cooler temperatures, longer nights and more dew in the mornings.