Total Fire Ban Cancelled, Restricted Fire Season in Place from Midnight Wednesday 15 March

Published: 14-Mar-2017

FireNotice is hereby given that the previously advertised Total Fire Ban, which extended over the whole of the Waimakariri District Council Rural Fire Authority’s jurisdictional area, is lifted from midnight, Wednesday 15 March 2017. A Restricted Fire Season is now in place. Fire Permits are required for fires in the open air.


Pursuant to provisions of the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977, a RESTRICTED FIRE SEASON is extended over the area administered by the Waimakariri District Council Rural Fire Authority from:

Midnight, Wednesday 15 March 2017 until further notice.

During a Restricted Fire Season it is an offence to light any fires in the open air within the Fire District unless a fire permit has been obtained from an authorised officer for the Waimakariri District Council.

All fire permits must be countersigned by the permittee before becoming valid.

Conditions pertaining to a fire permit are printed on the permit and must be observed.

Up to five (5) days may be required to carry out site inspections and to process a permit.

Crop Residue (stubble) burning may be covered by a seasonal permit, also obtainable on application from a Rural Fire Officer.

Property owners within neighbouring Rural Fire Districts, Public Conservation Land, and the associated Fire Safety Margins, are reminded that these areas have fire control measures in place all year round. Advice should be sought from the relevant Authority.

T D Sheppard
Principal Rural Fire Officer
Waimakariri District Council Rural Fire Authority