Defining urban–rural interface
Properties, such as those that are residential, industial or agricultural, are considered on the urban–rural interface if they are next to vegetation, whether it is forest, scrubland, or in a rural setting.
A community responsibility
If you live or own property on the urban–rural interface, you are part of a community who has a responsibility to manage the risk of fires on your property.
The community includes:
- the New Zealand Fire Service
- Rural Fire Authorities
The community is responsible because there is no single group or agency that is able to or has the mandate to manage these types of fires. Together, the community can be responsible for assessing hazards, being aware of fire risk, and being prepared for fires.
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