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Fire restrictions in force

Fires are banned in Northland, following the decision by Whangarei District Council and Kaipara District Council to declare a Restricted Fire Season from midnight Friday 9 January 2015, until further notice.  The Far North declared a fire ban some weeks ago.
Updated: 12/01/2015 4:14 p.m.

​The restriction will remain in force until weather conditions and fire danger indicators warrant it’s uplifting, and applies to all land in the Kaipara District and Whangarei District except Matakohe/Limestone and Rabbit Islands where a permanent Prohibited Season is in place.

The lighting of fires in the open air is restricted and permits are required.

Permits will only be issued where the lighting of the fire cannot be delayed until fire danger reduces and no other alternative method is available e.g. mulching or landfill of material. 

All fires in the open air require permits with the exception of the following:

  • Commercially constructed barbeques, incinerators (complying with NZS 5262, 5435 and 5442), cooking fires such as umu, hangi and spit fires, subject to the following conditions:
  • They are supervised by a responsible adult at all times.
  • A pressurised supply of water is at hand.
  • The fire is extinguished as soon as the task is complete.
  • A clear area of at least 10 metres is maintained around the fire.
  • The fire is no larger than 2 x 2 metres.

A warranted fire officer can request that any barbecue, incinerator or other fire be extinguished if considered a danger.

All persons responsible for fires may be held liable for all costs associated with control of that fire.  Holding a permit for a fire does not remove this liability.

To obtain a permit apply on line at:  

or phone Forest Protection Services 09 430 7707.


Fire restrictions imposed under Section 22(2) of the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977.



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