Rain not enough to change fire danger

The storm over Tauranga from the past weekend. Photo: Daniel Hines

Rain over last weekend has not changed the fire danger levels across the country, warns Fire and Emergency New Zealand.

Rural fire manager Tim Mitchell says given how dry conditions have been, the rain experienced over the past few days has not been enough to lower the wildfire risk to the point fire restrictions can be eased.

“There is still plenty of dead, dry vegetation around. After the rain stops, warm and windy conditions quickly dry the vegetation again meaning there is still a great deal of fuel for fires.

“Even though there has been some rain, the fire seasons have not changed. We want everyone to continue to be careful – one spark is all it takes to start a fire.”

Fire and Emergency is continuing to monitor the conditions closely as further rain is possible for some areas of the country this week.

“Please pay attention to the fire season in your area. If you are in an area where there is a total fire ban, no fires are permitted – including rubbish fires.”

Visit: to check the fire season status in your area and find information on how you can reduce the risk of fire.

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