Rural Fire

The current fire season is: Restricted

This means you cannot light any fire in the open air without a fire permit from the Thames Valley Rural Fire Authority. No permits will be issued between 20 December 2016 and 10 January 2017.

Any fire you light is your responsbility...

Escaped fires have cost individuals responsible for lighting them more than $250,000 in fire fighting costs. Make sure you carry the appropriate insurance including Forest and Rural Fires Act fire suppression cover.

If you wish to light a fire in a rural area – know the current fire danger and the fire season in your area by contacting your local Rural Fire Authority.

c'mon keep it greenRural Fire Authorities are:

  • The Department of Conservation
  • NZ Defence Force
  • Rural Fire Districts
  • Local Councils.

Your Rural Fire Authority will:

  • Inform you of the current fire danger and fire season
  • Inspect proposed burn sites
  • Assist you to prepare a prescribed burn plan forsignificant controlled burn offs.

Urban fire districts – if you wish to light a fire in an urban fire district (in town) contact us to find out what rules apply.