A total fire ban is still in force across Whangarei and Kaipara districts, despite recent rain.
Principal Rural Fire Officer Kevin Ihaka said there had not been enough consistent rain to warrant removing the fire ban. During Easter Ruawai had no rain while Pouto Point had 7.5mm and Whangarei 4mm.
"We have had to deal with a handful of small rubbish fires in both Whangarei and Kaipara districts. Most have been straight after rain, just before nightfall and leading into the night. These fires are dangerous, illegal and a nuisance," Mr Ihaka said.
"A total fire ban means no fires in the open air. This includes rubbish fires unless in an approved incinerator. An open drum is not approved and lighting a pile of rubbish on the ground is definitely not approved."
If caught, people faced prosecution and covering the costs of putting their illegal fire out. Gas barbecues were permitted but people needed to always make sure they had a suitable extinguisher handy.
A significant amount of rain was still needed to call things safe. "As we move further into autumn, the countryside is becoming greener but it's still not yet safe to burn.
Authorities monitor the situation on a daily basis and will put out a public notice when the fire ban is cancelled."