Keeping Fire Safe This Summer

Published: 20-Dec-2019

With plenty of warm days ahead, Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ) are urging residents to be vigilant about the risk of starting fires, especially during days with hot or windy weather.

Extreme Fire DangerMost of Canterbury, including Waimakariri is in a restricted fire season.

During a restricted fire season, most fires require a permit from FENZ.  You can keep up to date with rules around lighting fires by checking it’s alright before you light.  Playing it safe by checking could save you a lot of grief if it all goes wrong.

FENZ are continuing to closely monitor conditions and the fire status in the Waimakariri could change at any time.

If you’ve had a fire or burn off in the last couple of months, it’s worth checking it’s really out.  Fires have been known to reignite weeks after the initial fire has been gone out.

Some recreational backyard fires are okay, including pizza ovens, small braziers and outdoor heaters. Make sure to check the rules and stay safe this summer.

Q&A

Thinking of lighting up the pizza oven or chiminea?

You don’t need a permit for a pizza oven or chiminea in a restricted or prohibited fire season, if you meet these conditions:

  • You don’t light your fire within three metres of a building, hedge or anything else that could catch fire.
  • You have a hose or another way of putting out any unplanned fire within five metres of your pizza oven and chiminea.

If you can’t meet the conditions, you’ll need to apply for a fire permit.

Sparking up the brazier or fire pit?

Again, you don’t need a fire permit for a fire pit or brazier in a restricted fire season, providing you meet the following conditions:

  • Your fire pit or brazier is less than 0.5 square metres.
  • You must not light your fire within 3 metres of a building, hedge or anything else that could catch fire.
  • You must have a hose or another way of putting out any unplanned fire within 5 metres of fire pit or brazier.

BBQ’s

Gas BBQ’s are fine and you don’t need a fire permit for a charcoal BBQ or grill.  However no charcoal BBQ’s are allowed on public conservation land.

Fireworks

We strongly advise avoiding fireworks during a restricted or prohibited fire season, as these have a significant risk of starting fires.

Click here to find out about other recreational and backyard fires, open cooking and when to apply for a fire permit.

Name: Fire and Emergency New Zealand