Auckland's total fire ban lifted for Waitangi Day

Firefighters have warned the risk remains high despite the recent downpour. Photo / Richard Robinson
Firefighters have warned the risk remains high despite the recent downpour. Photo / Richard Robinson

Auckland's total fire ban will be lifted for one day only tomorrow to allow Waitangi Day hangis and barbecues.

The one-day partial lift, effective from now until midnight tomorrow, will allow cooking fires on private property including hangi, umu, pizza ovens and solid fuel barbecues.

The ban won't be lifted on open air fires or solid fuel cooking in public areas.

Principal rural fire officer Bryan Cartelle said Auckland Council would be lifting the ban on account of Waitangi Day celebrations and rainfall over the last 24 hours.

"We want people to enjoy traditional Waitangi Day celebrations and the recent rain has given us a short reprieve to allow this as long as people are responsible and considerate," he said.

"We trust people will take care with barbecues and hangi, and enjoy a safe and happy Waitangi Day with friends and family."

Complete fire bans are in place in numerous locations around the country thanks to prolonged dry conditions and high temperatures.

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