Restricted fire season now in place

(Posted on: February 18)

A Restricted Fire Season is now in place for the Horowhenua, Manawatu, Palmerston North and Rangitikei Districts.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand declared the fire season from 8am Monday 18 February.

A permit is now required to light a fire in open air in the Manawatu area, both rural and urban. This replaces the previously declared Open Fire Season in these areas.

Please note that all Public Conservation Land administered by the Department of Conservation is in a 365 day Restricted Fire Season. And all beach and sand dune areas remain in a Prohibited Fire Season (Total Fire Ban) for 365 days of the year.

Visit to apply for a permit or to see what types of fire have been authorised as not being fires in open air and do not need a permit.

To check the season status in an area you can visit or call 0800 658 628.