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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: 13/09/2017 1:40 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.

On 1 July 2017, the new Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017 came into force.  This Act repeals the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1997, with immediate effect.

Information, brochures and guidance material related to this website, and this webpage will be progressively updated to reflect the requirements of the Act. 

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 Fire and Emergency New Zealand's Principal Rural Fire Officer.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand is 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.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand is specifically equipped and trained to deal with property fires but it also attends vegetation fires when it can be of assistance. Fire and Emergency New Zealand 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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