Fire Season status for Manawatū District


(Posted on: December 21)

Urban Fire Season status

Manawatū District Council is now in a prohibited fire season from 8am Thursday 21  December 2017 in urban Manawatū areas until further notice.

You are not permitted to light a fire in the open air.

Any existing fire permits are cancelled.

You commit an offence if you knowingly or recklessly light, or allow another person to light, a fire in open air in an area that is in a prohibited fire season unless under a permit issued by Fire and Emergency New Zealand and in accordance with any conditions of the permit.

Exemptions

  • Gas BBQ or cooker.
  • Charcoal or wood fired BBQ or cooker that fully contains all sparks.
  • Pizza Oven with or without a chimney that fully contains all sparks. Note: If the oven includes a chimney the chimney must include fine wire mesh (which is replaced annually, as it will burn out).

Applying for permits

Manawatū District Council will not be issuing urban fire permits during this time. For more information, give the team a call on 06 323 0000.

Rural Fire Season status

Fire and Emergency New Zealand have now declared a prohibited and a restricted fire season from 8am Thursday 21  December 2017 in rural Manawatū areas until further notice.

A prohibited fire season means there is a total fire ban. You are not permitted to light a fire in the open air. A restricted fire season means that you require a permit to light a fire.

You commit an offence if you knowingly or recklessly light, or allow another person to light, a fire in open air in an area that is in a prohibited fire season unless under a permit issued by Fire and Emergency New Zealand if you live in a restricted area and in accordance with any conditions of the permit.

Prohibited areas

  • The Lower Manawatu District Council area from Ashhurst/Cheltenham/Vinegar Hill to the Coast as follows from the boundary as described below:
    • From Ashhurst at the Intersection of Grove and Colyton Rd’s a straight line to Cheltenham.
    • From Cheltenham North on SH54 to the intersection with SH 1 (North of Hunterville – known as ‘Vinegar Hill’).

Restricted areas

  • For part of the Manawatu District Council area (the ‘Upper Manawatu’) as follows from the boundary as described below to the Northern boundaries of the Manawatu District Council Area (includes the Pohangina Valley, Kimbolton and Apiti):
    • From Ashhurst at the Intersection of Grove and Colyton Rd’s a straight line to Cheltenham.
    • From Cheltenham North on SH54 to the Rangitikei River.

Exemptions

  • Gas BBQ or cooker.
  • Charcoal or wood fired BBQ or cooker that fully contains all sparks.
  • Pizza Oven with or without a chimney that fully contains all sparks. Note: If the oven includes a chimney the chimney must include fine wire mesh (which is replaced annually, as it will burn out).

Apply for a permit to enable advice from a Rural Fire Officer:

  • Traditional cooking fire (hangi, umu). Note: the traditional cooking fire must be attended at all times and means of extinguishing any fire is to be on site. It is highly unlikely a permit will be declined but additional fire safety measures may be required.

Rural fire permits are now issued by Fire and Emergency New Zealand. For more information or to apply for a permit in a rural area, go to checkitsalright.nz