Aucklanders are being warned to take care when lighting fires as the restricted fire season begins today.
Principal rural fire officer Bryan Cartelle said Aucklanders lighting an open air fire in any rural area needed a permit from Auckland Council.
"At this time of year warm, dry weather is on the rise so the fire danger levels across Auckland grow too.
"We're advising people to take precautions when lighting fires to ensure they don't spread, cause damage, become a nuisance to others or contain illegal materials such as tyres, plastics, synthetic materials or treated timber.
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"It's important fires are controlled and supervised at all times as the costs involved in putting out all fires may be passed on to the person responsible."
More information on the different levels of fire restrictions can be found at www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or by calling 09 301 0101.