The fire season in Hurunui and Waimakariri disricts will change from prohibited to restricted from midnight tonight.
This means all of North Canterbury will be in a restricted fire season from tomorrow, March 13.
Principal Rural Fire Officer Bruce Janes says if people want to light a fire, they should go to www.checkitsalright.nz to check whether they need a fire permit.
“Your permit will require you to meet specific conditions to help you manage your fire safely,” he says.
Mr Janes wants the community to remember the fire risk is still very high in North Canterbury.
“While we are satisfied the dangers have reduced, permits for the Hurunui and Waimakariri districts will be carefully managed.
“In particular there are still dangerous conditions around Omihi and Cheviot and not every permit will be automatically granted.
“More on-sites will be carried out and potentially strict conditions will be applied to permits when they are issued,” he says.
Go to www.checkitsalright.nz to check the fire season in your specific location and for tips to make sure you and your family stay fire safe.