5/03/2019 11:00:00 a.m.
UPDATED 21 March 2019
Fire restrictions have been lifted and Whanganui District Council rural reserves have re-opened to the public. Monitoring will continue.
5 March 2018
Whanganui District Council, acting on advice from its forestry manager, has closed all Council rural reserves to the public until further notice because of tinder dry conditions and the high fire risk.
This closure includes Matipo Park, Hylton’s Pit and Araheke Mountain Bike Park (both Pauri and Wiritoa trails). The closures apply to all access, including forestry contractors, mountain bikers and walkers.
The Waitahinga Trails remain open to the public at this stage but all its pine plantations are closed. Waitahinga is being monitored and if the dry conditions persist will also be closed.
“We have closed all rural reserves as conditions are extreme and public safety is paramount,” says Council senior property officer Elana Macdonald-Rose. Other rural reserves affected include: Hogg Park, A H Collins Park, Plimmer Reserve, Thomas Waight, Thomas Dix, Tokomaru West and Baylers Pit.
Much of the Whanganui district (except for Zone 4) has a total fire ban. More information on the fire status for the Whanganui district can be found at: www.checkitsalright.nz