Wellington's heading into the high fire-risk season after two months of high temperatures and low rainfall.
Wellington City Council's Principal Rural Fire Officer Jock Darragh says the recent hot, dry weather and frequent strong winds have dried out vegetation around the region.
"The coastal areas of Wellington are already quickly drying out despite recent rainfalls. This rain has helped to keep the long grass and foothills looking green, but in many places it is getting very dry underneath and the potential for any fire to escape is becoming serious."
Jock says there are a few simple things you can do to help yourself and your neighbourhood:
We would also like to remind people that lighting fires in the open is restricted all year round. The exception to this rule is charcoal and gas barbecues.
If you want to light a fire in the open you must get a permit from us first. Also, due to the danger of fires spreading, lighting fires on beaches is banned except at Houghton and Princess bays but you still need a permit.
If you are lighting a fire, make sure you have something on hand that is capable of dousing it - like a fire extinguisher, water bucket or fire blanket.