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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

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Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977 repealed from 30 June 2017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and Rural Fires Act 1977, Forest and Rural Fires Regulations 2005, and the Fire Service Act 1975 on this website are no longer valid and have been superseded by the appropriate references to the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017 and the Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fire Permits) Regulations 2017.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:

Central Hawke's Bay is currently in an:

Open Fire Season

But previously notified TOTAL FIRE BANS REMAIN IN FORCE on all Central Hawke's 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 Public Conservation land and the Bay Forests Areas.  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


 

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