Fire

Waimakariri Fire and Emergency New Zealand is responsible for fires in the rural areas of the district while the Council is responsible for fires in the gazetted urban districts. Fire and Emergency New Zealand are responsible for all DOC areas and the Ashley Rural Fire District.

Vegetation wildfires (fires that are burning out of control) are a risk predominantly in:

  • Areas of heavy vegetation such as Ashley and Eyrewell forests, and the pine plantations within the district’s beach communities
  • The western areas of the district where farmers use fire for land management 
  • Major river beds where off-road motor vehicle pursuits create fire risk.

Generally speaking these vegetation fire risks are significant only in the summer.