Current Fire Status
Open Fire Season
To check if you need a fire permit and to apply go to www.checksitsalright.nz or call +0800 658 628.
Please note: there is no charge for fire permits.
There are three types of fire season. To check the current fire season go to www.checkitsalright.nz or call +0800 658 628.
OPEN FIRE SEASON means any place and any time when Fire Restrictions or Fire Prohibitions are not in force.
RESTRICTED FIRE SEASON means any place and any time when restrictions on the lighting of fires is in force.
PROHIBITED FIRE SEASON means any place and any time when a TOTAL FIRE BAN is in force.
Lighting fires in the open residential areas
Fires cannot be lit in breach of the Hawke's Bay Regional Council Airshed Rules or if they cause a nuisance to neighbours. During a Restricted Fire Season, a Fire Permit is required for all fires in unapproved fire places and incinerators. This excludes cultural and cooking fires. All fires are prohibited in Total Fire Bans.
Lighting fires in the open rural areas
During a Restricted Fire Season, a Fire Permit is required for all fires. This includes cultural and cooking fires. All fires are prohibited in Total Fire Bans.
Lighting of fires in public areas
Beaches, Parks and Reserves
All fires are prohibited at beaches, parks and reserves at all times.
Rivers controlled Hawke's Bay Regional Council
People need to apply to Hawke's Bay Regional Council before lighting any fire. All fires are prohibited in Total Fire Bans.
Fires burning at night
Fires burning at night can be mistaken for uncontrolled fires. People wishing to have fires burning after dark during an Open Fire Season are asked to advise Fire And Emergency New Zealand (phone: 0800 658 628 or email Permits: firstname.lastname@example.org).
During a Restricted Fire Season, a Fire Permit is required to have a fire burning after dark. All fires are prohibited in Total Fire Bans.
A person must not light or use an incendiary device, in the open air in circumstances where an uncontrolled fire may eventuate which may:
- spread to a building, fence or vegetation on the premises
- spread beyond the boundary of the premises, or
- result in a nuisance from smoke or ash to the occupiers of adjoining premises.
RPGs are prohibited under all circumstances.
During a Restricted Fire Season, a Fire Permit is required to unleash fireworks. All fireworks are prohibited in Total Fire Bans.
Standard fire lighting conditions
- be at least 5 meters clear of any flammable material, vegetation, fence or building
- not be lit in windy conditions or when strong winds are forecast
- not be left unattended
- have means of controlling and extinguishing the fire readily at hand such as a garden hose
- be completely extinguished with water.
Approved fire places
- Any fire place approved by a permit issuing officer of Fire and Emergency New Zealand.
- Enclosed outdoor fire places, pizza ovens and chiminea.
- Solid fuel BBQ’s with enclosed ash pans.
- Any gas-fired cooking appliance.
- Hangi and Umu meeting the Standard Conditions.
Fire Places that need a Fire Permit or Approval during Restricted Fire Season
- Incinerator drums
- Fire Pits.