Restricted Fire Season To End

Published: 28-May-2018

Cyclone Gita might have passed, but all of that wet it left behind has had at least one positive effect, with Fire & Emergency New Zealand announcing today that the restricted fire season for Waimakariri will end this weekend.

FENZ has declared that an open season for fires in Waimakariri will commence from midnight this Saturday (February 24).

The change covers the urban townships as well as the rural and forest protection zones.

Permits will not now be required for fires in the open (burn offs etc.), although FENZ does recommend that a responsible adult with communications available (mobile phone etc.) be present for all burnings, with a means of extinguishment immediately available / to hand.

Waimakariri has been in a state of restricted fire season since early December, and was verging on an upgrade to a prohibitive fire season last week, but the impact of the ex-category two cyclone saw over 80mm of rain fall on the Canterbury region in less than 48 hours, saturating the ground, filling the rivers and moistening previously dry and vulnerable vegetation.

The impact has been widespread as Hurunui, Selwyn and Christchurch will also move to an open fire season this weekend.