A total fire ban is in place for the Western Bay of Plenty covering an area stretching from Waihi Beach, Tauranga City, and extending to Raumakara Forest Park.
The prohibited fire season came into effect at 8am Tuesday due to extremely dry vegetation in the area. Principal Rural Fire Officer Steve Webb says that the district is not expecting any "significant" rainfall over the coming weeks.
"The prohibited fire season means you cannot light an outdoor fire in the Moana Western Bay of Plenty zone," 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.
More to come.
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