A total fire ban is in place for Hawke's Bay covering the entire East Coast from East Cape to Takapau.
The prohibited fire season came into effect at 8am Wednesday due to extremely dry vegetation in the area. Principal Rural Fire Officer Trevor Mitchell, says that the dry conditions and high temperatures in the region would make a fire difficult to control.
"We’ve enjoyed the lovely hot summer days, some places in the Hawke’s Bay got up to 40 degrees, but it’s also meant lots of the vegetation and forestry in the area has dried out," he says.
What you need to know:
- You cannot light an outdoor fire.
- Gas and charcoal barbecues are permitted.
- Individuals that operate heavy machinery are advised to exercise caution when out in dry terrain. Fire crews advise to undertake work in cooler temperatures and in minimal wind.
To find out more about outdoor fire safety, please go to Fire and Emergency New Zealand's (FENZ) website by clicking the button below.
New Zealand Post have published a warning to customers after several variations of a scam email were reported over the past 24 hours.
The email asks to correct personal details because of a failed parcel delivery.
The email directs the recipient to 'schedule a new delivery'. If any individual has received these emails, NZ Post has advised to delete it immediately.
For more information on the scam, please see the NZ Post's Cyber Security Alerts page.
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