Ashburton District Council is urging residents to be responsible with fires from tomorrow, 1 March 2017 when a Restricted Fire Season status comes into effect throughout the district.
The Mid-South Canterbury Rural Fire Authority has declared a Restricted Fire Season between the Rakaia and Waitaki Rivers from midnight Tuesday 28 February, which will coincide with the National Rural Fire Authority lifting their Canterbury-wide fire ban at 12.00pm tonight.
"Under the Restricted Fire Season status, crop stubble burning will be restricted to daylight hours in the morning until 1.00pm. This must be done in accordance with other conditions. All other outdoor burning will require a fire permit," Council Environmental Services Group Manager Jane Donaldson says.
"Given the dry conditions, we are very thankful for the community's cooperation during the total Fire Ban.
When the Restricted Fire Season begins tomorrow, we expect residents to continue using their common sense and
to check what regulations are in place before starting a fire. It is everyone's responsibility to ensure they are doing
the right thing."
Federated Farmers Mid Canterbury Provincial President Michael Salvesen says farmers have a collective responsibility to ensure they abide by the updated Crop Residue Code of Practice, available on the Council website.
"It is a privilege in today's society to be allowed to light crop residue fires. If farmers are unsure what the Code of Practice is, please contact Council."