Waikato / Coromandel changes to open fire season

The areas moving into open fire season are from south of Bombay and Buckland, and includes Hamilton, Waipa, Otorohanga, Matamata-Piako, Hauraki, Thames-Coromandel, Waitomo, and the South Waikato as far south as Kinleith.

The change means you don’t need to apply for a fire permit it you want to light an open fire.

Principal Rural Fire Officer Matt Cook says while a permit is no longer required, it is important anyone planning on lighting an open-air fire thinks carefully about the conditions.

“We are still experiencing hot days where there’s the potential for a fire to spread,” Mr Cook says.

If you are planning on lighting a fire head to www.checkitsalright.nz for guidance.