As dry and hot weather continues, from tomorrow onwards fire restrictions will be extended across much of Hawke's Bay.
Districts' fire status has been lifted by Hastings, Napier and Central Hawke's Bay District Councils officially due to a balmy summer forecast for the Bay in the coming days.
For open fire, permit will be required due to the restricted fire status.
No rainfall was expected for sometime and from tomorrow onwards the status would go into effect, Hastings District Council's rural fire officer Paul Hawke said.
He further added, "The weather has yet to settle, and when it does rural areas will get a lot drier. Recent heat showers had done little to remedy the situation."
Out there, it was more to happen due to a lot of unburnt fuel.
He stated that anyone seen sparking a rural fire will have to pay the cost for fighting that fire.
It was added that a maximum penalty of $20,000 and, or, costs, will have to paid by the defaulters and one needs to be careful.
When helicopters are involved, firefighting can be a very expensive exercise.
This summer, in Central Hawke's Bay, there'll be no fireworks on sand dunes.