Current Fire Status
Restricted Fire Season
Fire and Emergency New Zealand
Restricted Fire Season - Rural Areas
Notice is given under section 56 (1) (b) of the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017 that a Restricted Fire Season is declared from 0600, 11 November 2017 in the following areas until revoked or amended by Fire and Emergency New Zealand.
- All rural areas of Central Hawke's Bay, Hastings, Napier and Wairoa.
A permit is required to light a fire in open air in these areas. See www.checkitsalright.nz for types of fire which have been authorised as not being fires in open air and do not need a permit.
You commit an offence if you knowingly or recklessly light, or allow another person to light, a fire in open air in an area that is in a Restricted Fire Season unless under a permit issued by Fire and Emergency New Zealand and in accordance with any conditions of the permit. Any permits issued during a Restricted Fire Season are suspended if Fire and Emergency declares a Prohibited Fire Season, or prohibits fire in open air in the area.
Principal Rural Fire Officer
Rural Fire Legislation Changes 1st July 2017
Over the past few months the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Transition Project has been working with Council (via our Principal Rural Fire Officer) on a system for rural fire permitting, effective from 1 July 2017, when the legislation changes.
Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977 repealed from 30 June 2017
Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017 in force 1 July 2017
Any references to the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977, Forest and Rural Fires Regulations 2005, and the Fire Service Act 1975 on this website are no longer valid and have been superseded by the appropriate references to the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017 and the Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fire Permits) Regulations 2017.
Consequently all fire permitting enquiries to Fire and Emergency New Zealand need to go through one of the following:
- 0800 phone number (0800 658 628);
- new website (www.checkitsalright.nz); or
- email address: firstname.lastname@example.org