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Current Fire Status

Central Hawke's Bay is currently in a Open Fire Season. Permits may be required to light a fire.

Please read below for fire types which will require permits.

Open Fire Season

Open Fire Season

Notice is hereby given pursuant to the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977, and the Central Hawkes Bay District Council ‘Fires in the Open Air’ Bylaw 2008 that the Central Hawkes Bay District Council Rural Fire Authority REVOKES the imposed RESTRICTED FIRE SEASON and declares an open fire season as of 9am on Wednesday 8th March 2017.

Previously notified TOTAL FIRE BANS REMAIN IN FORCE on ALL Central Hawkes Bay beaches and adjacent public areas.

The public are advised that this revocation does not apply to those areas situated within the fire control zones of the Department of Conservation and the Bay Forests Rural Fire District.  Rural Fire Permits are still required in these areas.

The public are further advised that under the provisions of the ‘Fires in the Open Air Bylaw 2008’, a Fire Permit is required for fires that will be burning during the hours of darkness.  There is no cost for such a permit.

Applications for Fire Permits for fires in the above mentioned category should be made to the Central Hawkes Bay District Council office at WAIPAWA, (06) 8578060, 8.00am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.  A minimum of 24 hours notice is required for the issue of a fire permit and a site inspection may be required. 

John Freeman

Principal Rural Fire Officer

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