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Rural Fire

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This page shows the current rural fire status, information about fire restrictions and how to obtain a fire permit.
Updated: 26/02/2015 3:23 p.m.

Rural Fire Status:

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Open no fire permit is needed to light a fire in the open air.

Status Last Updated: 13 March 2017

The 'Open' Status applies to all Whangarei District Council areas except Limestone and Rabbit Islands where a permanent Prohibited Season is in place.

It does not apply to any state areas which are administered by the Department of Conservation.

Fire restrictions and permits

Fires are generally restricted only in the summer months and a permit will be required if the rural fire status changes from Open to Restricted or Prohibited.

To find out how to obtain a fire permit, visit the Whangarei Fire District website (link below).

Having a Fire (Opens in a new window)

Be careful with fire and if in doubt call our Contracted Principal Rural Fire Officer (Forest Protection Services) on +64 9 430 7707.

Rural Fire Authorities are concerned mainly with the control of vegetation fires. They also carry out fire prevention measures by monitoring the fire danger, declaring fire seasons and issuing fire permits.

The New Zealand Fire Service is specifically equipped and trained to deal with property fires but it also attends vegetation fires when it can be of assistance. The New Zealand Fire Service doesn't usually cover rural land or issue fire permits.

Fire Prevention Bylaw

Our Fire Prevention Bylaw covers the categories of fire restrictions. Follow the link below for a summary and the full version of the bylaw.

Fire Prevention Bylaw

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