Fire Risk for Otorohanga District and Waitomo District Areas.
Otorohanga Fire and Emergency New Zealand is the Authority responsible for fire protection and suppression within the District, with the exception of the following areas:
Rural Fire is managed by Fire and Emergency New Zealand.
Operational responses are provided by Fire and Emergency New Zealand brigades, contracted helicopters, fire fighting and earthmoving operators.
Fire and Emergency New Zealand must manage fire prevention and management by:
For more information on Rural Fire, please visit the Fire and Emergency New Zealand website: http://www.fireandemergency.nz
Generally from end March to second Monday of January.
This means that, in all cases, any person may light a fire in the open air without a fire permit.
They must, of course, take all necessary precautions, including:
Even though you can light a fire without a permit, you nevertheless remain responsible for any damage or costs incurred to extinguish it, and you can also be prosecuted under certain circumstances of negligence.
Fire restrictions are applied across the Otorohanga District from the second Monday of January to the end of March.
They may be extended if conditions require when fire danger is high and may be put in place at any time of the year.
Restrictions mean that fire permits need to be obtained which may stipulate conditions of burning that must be met.
A total fire ban is only declared where extreme weather and high fire danger conditions prevail. No permits will be issued during this period and therefore no fires are permitted.
Permitted activities in a restricted or prohibited season are:
Permits to burn during a restricted fire season, for the burning of grass, scrub and other vegetation for essential agricultural and industrial purposes must be obtained from a delegated person listed below.
Permits to burn for other purposes, for example, industrial burning and cutting but may be subject to consents from Environment Waikato, also must be obtained from a delegated person listed below.
Permits are issued by:
Please contact Council on 07 873 4000 or for further information.
Even though you receive a permit and comply with the conditions, you nevertheless remain responsible for any damage or costs incurred to extinguish it, and can also be prosecuted under certain circumstances.
Note: These permits are NOT VALID during a TOTAL FIRE BAN.
If you wish to light a fire within a Department of Conservation reserve, you must obtain a permit from Fire and Emergency New Zealand, these operate under a Restricted Fire Season all year.
Please contact the Council on 07 873 4000 for further information.
Likewise, people wishing to light a fire in the vicinity of Pumicelands Fire and Emergency New Zealand should discuss with thier office. Please phone: 07 349 2295
Three working days are required between the request for a fire permit and the time to burn. This enables staff to inspect sites and process fire permits.
Even though you receive a permit and comply with the conditions, you nevertheless remain responsible for any damage or costs incurred to extinguish it, and can also be prosecuted under certain circumstances (see section below).
People who are traditionally reliant on burning household rubbish need to make alternative arrangements for disposal.
Fire prevention measures in urban areas enable people to light fires without a fire permit, using approved incinerators such as barbeques, and traditional cooking fires (i.e. Hangi) - not 40-gallon drums.
Only gas barbeques and traditional cooking may be lit in rural areas without a permit but due care must still be taken.
This is providing that fires are not lit at night and safeguards are taken to prevent the risk of fire spreading and smoke nuisance.
Fires must be supervised at all times and equipment must be on hand to extinguish the fire if it gets out of control.
Care needs to be taken to ensure that ashes are properly extinguished, otherwise, they could be re-ignited by the wind.
It is an offence to light a fire without a permit and to be negligent with the use of fire. Breach against the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017 may incurr fines and/or prosection.