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20 December, 2017

Fire risk in Hawkes Bay remains high – make sure you have a permit


Despite the rain, fire restrictions for all rural areas of Hawkes Bay remain in place over the Christmas New Year holiday period.


“The recent showers have helped ease the dry conditions, but the impact has simply delayed a Total Fire Ban for the Hawkes Bay,” said Trevor Mitchell, Principal Rural Fire Officer.


“So if you want to light any open air fire in rural or semi-rural areas, you still need a fire permit. And this includes braziers, fire pits, hangi, umu and braai.”


To avoid disappointment, people wanting an open air fire air over the Christmas New Year break should apply for a permit as soon as possible this week by going to www.checkitsalright.nz or calling 0800 658 628.


Authorised fire types that do not require a fire permit in a Restricted or Prohibited Fire Season are: 


  • an enclosed outdoor fire place, pizza oven or chiminea with a building permit
  • a solid fuel barbeque with enclosed ash pan
  • any gas fired cooking appliance


Fire and Emergency New Zealand will not issue any permits for burning general waste or for incinerators over the holiday period.


If people need an emergency permit to burn diseased hives or dead stock they should phone the Napier or Hastings fire stations.


“As always, people need to be sensible to keep safe over summer and if they see a dangerous or unattended fire they should call 111 immediately,” says Trevor Mitchell.


For more information contact:


Trevor Mitchell, Principal Rural Fire Officer, Hawkes Bay

Phone 027 442 5971 or email trevor.mitchell@fireandemergency.nz