The current fire season is: Open
This means you can light a fire in the open air without a fire permit from the Thames Valley Rural Fire Authority.
Any fire you light is your responsibility...
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.
Rural 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.