Fire Emergency New Zealand is urging people not to burn outdoor fires.
The Government has called for people to help emergency services by only doing safe activities.
Southern district principal rural fire officer Timo Bierlin said nothing was more important than keeping New Zealanders safe and “nothing is so important it needs burning right now”.
“We want to ensure our firefighters remain fit and healthy so they can continue to serve their community.”
People burning risks exposing firefighters and their family’s the Covid-19.
Volunteer firefighters were experiencing the same level of uncertainty and anxiety as all New Zealanders, with the added pressure of attending callouts.
FENZ was prepared to respond to a variety of events, including hazardous substances, medical calls and vehicle accidents.
Keeping firefighters at home, ready for serious events was FENZ’s number one objective.
Southland is in an Open Fire Season except for Zone B and C, which are in a Restricted Fire Season all year round.