Posted by Pete Huggins - DoC on 17/12/2012
Illegal fires at Orokawa Bay are threatening rare coastal forest, human life, and property, says Department of Conservation Ranger Pete Huggins in Tauranga. â€œFires are absolutely prohibited anywhere within the scenic reserve, along the Orokawa Bay Track or at the beach there. The risk of any fire getting out of control is just too greatâ€.
Staff from Department of Conservation (DOC) erected new warning signs this week to remind visitors that fires are illegal.
â€œSummer tourists may be unaware of the law and could take risks with fires, so these signs are important, and we want to ensure that locals are under no illusions about how easily a campfire at the beach can lead to a bush fireâ€, says Pete. â€œIf you see an illegal fire you can report it to the DOC HOTline 0800 362 468â€.
Orokawa Bay Scenic Reserve is home to uninterrupted coastal pohutukawa forest which was once abundant in Bay of Plenty and Coromandel but is now threatened due to land development. The Reserve is a great place to take a walk and enjoy the seclusion of the bush and stunning coastal views. Camping, fires, and dogs are not permitted in the reserve, so that natural values can be retained for future generations.
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