Napier City is currently in a OPEN FIRE SEASON for rural areas. Open fires (aside from cooking fires) are not permitted in urban areas.
Napier is an area that generally has a warm, dry climate in summer which can increase the risk of fires. Under Councils Fire Control Bylaw several "fire seasons" can be declared:
For clarification of any of the above call an environmental health officer at the Council.
The Regional Council imposes restrictions on burning at some times of the year for air quality reasons. It is recommended that you contact the Hawkes Bay Regional Council or consult their website before lighting any fires.
Previous years have highlighted the extreme fire danger conditions that exist in Hawke's Bay during a good summer. In addition, the built up areas of Napier now mean a blanket ban is in place against backyard burning in all urban areas. For details consult the Fire Control Bylaw.
No areas were more at risk than Poraiti. Indeed this area will always be at risk even in a mild summer, because of the abundance of fuel and the steep slopes and gullies in the area.
The advice offered in this document, if followed, should considerably reduce the risk of a tragic or disastrous fire occurring.
Take some time to look around your section and identify potential risks for the spread of fire.
Avoid having any fires - Napier City Council discourages the burning of waste which can be recycled.
Where the need to burn is necessary enquire with the Council as to the requirements.
Note: No burning is permitted in urban areas which are any areas other than the rural zones as shown in the District Plan - for details consult the Fire Control Bylaw.
These also may be used without a permit.
Air is needed for anything to burn. Therefore make sure your incinerator is cleaned out before you start and keep all passages open for air to come through.
Light up with the driest and most combustible material. Burn in small amounts. Large objects will block the airflow - so break them up.
Dry wet materials before burning.
Heat is required to maintain burning. Use a lid to partly cover the top of the incinerator. This will deflect sparks and flying ash and help control the rate of combustion.
Install a 1.4m high chimney to facilitate the dispersal of smoke.
These may be used without a permit but all other safety requirements for burning in the open air apply.
Remember that incinerators are not permitted within the urban and suburban residential areas of Napier.
The use of fireworks in residential gardens is not recommended. This is even more so on the Napier Hill where fire-fighting in the event of an incident can be extremely difficult.
At Guy Fawkes it is recommended that you
While bonfires on the beach are not permitted by Bylaw, we won't put a stop to small comfort fires made from drift wood.
Remember, if you do light a fire anywhere ensure it is attended until it is fully extinguished.
Teach your children the dangers of fire. Keep matches and lighters out of reach. Store flammables - garden mower or boat fuel in a safe locked place.
Burning rubbish is not an environmentally friendly way of refuse disposal. It is prohibited in urban areas of the City. Use other methods as much as possible.
RECYCLE - There is a fortnightly collection in the Napier area. Please use this service. Paper and cardboard, cans, plastic bottles and glass are collected by the HBEPB Recyclers.
COMPOST - Make compost with suitable refuse. This will benefit not only your garden, but your pocket too. Commercial garden waste collections are available at reasonable cost. You can find them in the yellow pages.
If you must burn rubbish follow the following rules.
Things not to burn:
Consider Your Neighbour
Smoke from your incinerator may aggravate medical conditions and annoy your neighbour. Avoid using your incinerator if the wind will blow the smoke over a neighbour's property.
Washing and wet paint are particularly susceptible to smoke - consult your neighbour before lighting your fire.
Make absolutely sure that:
A permit must be obtained before an open fire (fire not in incinerator or fireplace) can be lit in a rural area. Traditional cooking fires are excluded from the urban ban on fires.
Any incinerator must be placed no closer than three metres from a boundary fence.
No fire in an incinerator shall be lit or remain alight between the hours of sunset and sunrise.
A fire must not create any nuisance such as smell, toxic fumes, black smoke, smoke on clothing etc.
Fines up to $20,000 can be imposed upon prosecution.
The above bylaw requirements apply to all areas of the Napier City.