Q: What do I do if I want to light a fire ?
A: When travelling through, visiting, or working in a forest or rural area within the Marlborough Kaikoura region, it is your responsibility to check the fire season. If you want to light a fire in open air, you may need a permit.
The fire season is one way Fire and Emergency New Zealand Authorities decide if you need a permit to light an open fire. The Marlborough Kaikoura Fire & Emergency New Zealand uses a fire season system to communicate the risk of fire in a particular area at a particular time. There are three fire seasons: Open, Restricted and Prohibited.
|Fire Season||Permit Status|
|Open||No - you will not need a permit|
|Restricted||Yes - you will need a permit|
|Prohibited||Total ban on lighting fires. Existing permits are cancelled|
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If you have a permit and the fire season becomes prohibited, your permit will be cancelled. You cannot light open fires if it is a prohibited fire season.
Individuals found to be responsible causing fires are liable for fire suppression costs and for cost incurred as the result of fire damage and/or loss. It is an offence to light an open fire without a permit during a restricted fire season. If you do not have a permit and light a fire, you can be charged under the Fire & Emergency New Zealand Act 2017.
If a member of the police or a Principle Rural Fire Officer asks you to produce a permit, you must do so within a reasonable time. If you do not, this is considered an offence. Also see ‘Protect yourself with insurance’
To apply for a permit, you will need to contact the Marlborough Kaikoura Fire & Emergency New Zealand. You will need to provide the relevant information so we can assess your application for a permit.
Ph (03) 520 7400
Fax (03) 520 7496
Use the online Fire Permit Application Form
It is recognised that campfires will continue to be lit on Public Conservation land managed and other public lands and it would be impractical to enforce permit requirements in most areas.
a) Prohibited Fire Season
At the start of any Prohibited Fire Season notices and advertising will ban all fires or may authorise only the use of gas cookers.
b) Restricted Fire Season - Notices in High Value Areas
At the start of any restricted fire season, in any area judged to have a high risk from fire, notices and advertising specific to the area will authorise the use of gas fuelled cookers or barbecues only, or the lighting of fires only in permanent fire places approved by the land manager (eg Public Conservation Land). The notice will state the distance from the notice the restriction applies (or what boundaries the restrictions relate to). Campfires in non-permanent fire places will not be authorised.
c) Restricted Fire Season - All Other Areas
During a restricted fire season, the public can be informed by various means that gas cookers, barbecues, fires in permanent fire places and “approved campfires” are authorised.
An “approved camp fire” is any fire (for the purposes of camping, cooking, comfort or warmth) that is not:
d) Department of Conservation Policy on Campfires
If you are having a burn off on your farm, you may also need to let the Marlborough Kaikoura Fire and Emergency know:
Remember, if in doubt, talk to your local Principal Rural Fire Officer.
What Insurance protection do I need to cover any potential fire related costs, losses and liabilities?
You need to consider:
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