Auckland Council has announced a complete fire ban for the region, including Great Barrier, Kawau, Waiheke and the other Hauraki Gulf Islands.
Bryan Cartelle, Principal Rural Fire Officer says the ban is necessary because of the heightened fire danger and predicted weather conditions.
“The forecast for a hot, dry long weekend with increased winds means a complete fire ban is the safest option. Both locals and visitors to the region will need to do their part by taking extra precautions and ensuring the ban is followed by everyone,” he says.
This means all fires in the open air including rubbish fires, bonfires, backyard braziers, fireworks and cooking fires are banned.
The ban will remain in place until the fire danger is no longer classed as elevated.
Urban areas are also included in the fire ban, which has the support of the New Zealand Fire Service.
For further information please the rural fires page on our website
Anyone who sees a fire or smoke in the bush, parks or reserve land should call the fire service immediately on 111.