Restricted fire season in place for Otago Lakes


The Otago Lakes District is now in a restricted fire season.

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Fire near Wanaka Photo: Facebook / Otago Fire & Emergency

It means a permit is now required to light a fire in the open air in Lake Wakatipu, the Nevis Valley, and land west and north of Lakes Wānaka and Hawea.

Otago District Mayor Phil Marsh says the fire danger is increasing rapidly over the course of this week.

Yesterday a fire burned through 280 hectares of scrub near Wānaka.

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