TOTAL FIRE BAN IN PLACE – NO OPEN FIRES
From approximately the 50km sign, for fire purposes, we are classified as ‘Urban’ and as such no open fires are permitted without a permit from Auckland Council.
Check your address HERE to see what is and is not permitted.
Properties generally north of the 50km area are classified as being in the Mainland Rural Fire area and subject to changing restrictions. The current rural fire conditions and a downloadable permit for a fire can be obtained HERE.
First Response and the Fire Trailer
Merra maintains a first response fire trailer manned by volunteers. It has been used successfully in the past to quell or limit fires prior to the arrival of the Fire Service from Snells Beach.
Being local, it can mobilse in a matter of minutes and so in the event of a fire, firstly call 111 and then call some people on the fire list.
That list can be downloaded HERE. You should print it out and have it handy to the phone.
Register your Water Tank
In a fire, seconds count and so the time it takes for our first response team and then the fire brigade take to find your water tanks, especially if they are concealed from view, can contribute to the flames taking hold and damage being done.
For this reason, we have established a water tank register where properties can log the position of their water tanks and any other information they want to provide to assist getting the water to flow.
The information provided is confidential to MERRA and will only be shared with members of the fire team and the local brigade.
Complete the form below to register each tank on your property. Taking a few moments now could be the difference between saving and losing your house to fire.