Open Fire Season declared for Ashburton plains

Open air fires will be permitted on the Ashburton plains from today but not in the high country, as an Open Fire Season status is declared for parts of the district.

 The Mid-South Canterbury Rural Fire Authority has reassessed the fire status for the region and lifted the fire restriction for the Ashburton plains at midnight last night, leaving the high country under the restriction until further notice.

 "The downpour of rain we've recently had, coupled with the cool weather has greatly reduced the fire risks for most of the district," Council Environmental Services Group Manager Jane Donaldson says.

 "The likelihood of fires getting away in these conditions is a lot lower, but not all areas of the district are safe for an open season just yet. Residents in the high country areas must continue to abide by the Restricted Fire Season conditions."

 Under the Open Fire Season status, permits are not required for open air fires, however farmers are encouraged to continue taking care with crop stubble burning and should follow the guidelines set out in the Crop Residue Burning Code of Practice available on the Council website.  

 A Restricted Fire Season had been in place throughout the district since 28 February. 

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