The fire ban is still in place in the Whakatane Council district, perhaps though the community needs reminding that people should not light fires although the environment has cooled off.

Council Rural Fire Officer Neal Yeates said the ground conditions are extremely dry, and a spark is all that is needed to ignite a fire that will rage wide and far to homes and forests.

Neal Yeates is warning people again because of recent scrub fires in Matata, Kohi Point in Whakatane and in the Matahi Valley in Waimana.

Fire Services have been busy following up on those hot spots making sure there won’t be a fire outbreak any time soon. The fire ban season will remain until rain has fallen for at least 2 weeks to dampen the ground even a flood would suffice.

Kei te tu tonu te rahui tahu ahi i te rohe o Te Kaunihera o Whakatane, engari pea me maumahara i nga hapori kia kaua tetahi tangata e tahu ahi, ahakoa kua makariri haere te taiao. Ki nga korero a te Apiha Tinei Ahi Tuawhenua Matua a Neal Yeates kei te maroke tonu nga tarutaru whenua, no reira te whakaaro ahakoa iti te kapura ina ke te nui o te murara ka hora whanui ki nga kainga me nga ngahere. He whakatupato kua puta atu i a Neal Yeates na nga tahunga ahi i i murara i Matata tera tetahi tahu ururua pera rawa te tahunga ahi i Te Rae o Kohi i Whakatane me tetahi i ka ki te wharua o Matatahi i Te Waimana. Ara nga mahi a nga tangata tinei ahi kia whaiwhai i era tahunga ahi kia weto marika kia kore i pa kino ki nga ngaherehere. Ka mau tonu te rahui tahi ahi kia heke rano mai te ua mo nga wiki e rua engari me kaha te heke mai ekene me waipuke ka tika te whakawaiwai i nga whenua.