15 Jan 2024

Wildfire risk rises

From Morning Report, 7:38 am on 15 January 2024

Hot, dry and windy conditions are raising the risk of wildfires across the motu.

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It's prompted the Wairarapa Coast move into a prohibited fire season from eight o'clock this morning, revoking all fire permits and banning open air fires.

Fire and Emergency national wildfire specialist Paul Shaw says South Island fire crews responded to fourteen vegetation fires on Saturday alone.

He spoke to Charlotte Cook.