Volunteer firefighters are urging people not to light outdoor fires during the Covid-19 alert level 4 lockdown, so they do not have to break their isolation bubble responding to call-outs, Stuff reports. Fire and Emergency New Zealand has responded to 26 fires in Northland since lockdown began, including 13 vegetation fires and nine rubbish fires. None were serious, but each fire attended exposes volunteer firefighters to a bubble breach. Even controlled burning could be a problem during lockdown, said Fire and Emergency NZ Muri Whenua area manager Wipari Henwood. “Neighbours see smoke and we get called out. We want to make people aware that it’s an issue for us.”

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