Total fire ban lifted

05 Apr 2016

A city-wide total fire ban will be lifted this weekend as dry conditions ease in Christchurch and the surrounding rural areas.

From midnight Saturday, the Christchurch urban fire status will change from total fire ban to 'open', while the rural fire status moves from a total fire ban to 'restricted'.

Christchurch City Council Principal Rural Fire Officer Darrin Woods said the Rural Fire Authority would continue to monitor conditions, but the changes marked the end of the summer fire season.

"In general conditions are easing thanks to cooler and shorter days, and more regular rainfall. This has allowed us to lift the total fire ban. However, it remains dry in a couple of key rural areas and that's why we haven't completely lifted restrictions in the rural fire district," Mr Woods said.

"For the urban areas, this means that from midnight Saturday the fire status changes to open, allowing fires provided that they comply with the Urban Fire Safety Bylaw 2014 and Environment Canterbury regulations.

"For the rural areas, the status changes from a total fire ban, to restricted. This means people will require a fire permit from Council.

"Regardless of the status changes, our advice for anyone having a fire remains the same. Check the weather conditions to ensure the weather during and after the fire is not going to create any problems, and always make sure you have the means to extinguish the fire if need be," Mr Woods said.

The ECan winter burning ban would come into effect for the Christchurch Clean Air Zone from May 1, and people were encouraged to check with Council or ECan to see if this applied to them.

Department of Conservation areas remain on restricted status year-round.

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