Due to recent strong winds and low rainfall, the fire risk across our region is increasing so we need to begin taking precautions.

Tasman District Council recommends people only use reserves early in the morning or in the evening.

Please avoid high fire risk areas, such as reserves with forest or dense vegetation, in the afternoon when conditions are at their warmest.

The BUI (Build Up Index) is now climbing above 60. The BUI is used by Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) and other agencies to measure fire risk – it’s “an indicator of the difficulty in supressing a fire that has started”.

If the BUI reaches 80, the Council will be seeking FENZ advice on the possibility of closing reserves that are considered high risk, such as Moturoa Rabbit Island, Rough Island, Kingsland Forest and Tunnicliffe Forest. At a BUI of 100, wider restrictions will come into force.

Be aware that there is now a complete fire ban in all parks and reserves and please stick to it for everyone’s safety.

All wood fired barbecues on Moturoa Rabbit Island, Rough Island, around the Waimea Plains and Valleys have now been closed.

If you see signs of smoke or fire in any reserves please call 111 immediately.