Fire and Emergency New Zealand is asking Hawke’s Bay farmers to think twice before undertaking burn-offs.
There’s an increased risk of fire danger this weekend, due to unseasonably warm and windy conditions, paired with a lack of rainfall.
Principal Rural Fire Officer Trevor Mitchell says with temperatures expected to get close to 20 degrees, anyone planning on lighting a fire needs to be cautious.
“Due to the on-going dry conditions in the region, we have areas where dry grass is still present.
“Anywhere where dry grass is present has an escalated fire risk. This can cause a fire to quickly spread and cause unnecessary callouts.”
Mr Mitchell says a fortnight ago we had similar conditions and were called to several out of control burn-offs.
“These fires threatened houses and properties.
We needed a helicopter to assist in extinguishing one of the fires.”
If anyone in the community sees a fire that looks like it is getting out of control, don’t hesitate to call 111.
Source: Fire and Emergency New Zealand