Wairarapa Rural Fire District - Restricted Fire Season
Fire By Permit Only
Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 22 of the Forest and Rural
Fires Act, 1977, that a:
RESTRICTED FIRE SEASON has been imposed on the lighting of
fires in the open on all lands within the Wairarapa Rural Fire
The RESTRICTED FIRE SEASON is in force from 18 January 2017,
and shall remain in force until revoked by a further notice. Failure
to comply with this Notice constitutes an offence under Section 61
of the Forest and Rural Fires Act, 1977. NO FIRES MAY BE LIT IN
THE OPEN AIR during the Restricted Fire Season without a Fire
Permit having first been issued by the Wairarapa Rural Fire
It is an offense to set on fire in the open air any combustible
material whatsoever, except pursuant to the written Fire Permit
issued by a Rural Fire Officer for the Wairarapa Rural Fire District.
A Fire Permit is required for campfires, bonfires, rubbish fires,
wood fired barbeques, braziers, fireworks, thermettes, pizza ovens,
chinese Lanterns, welding plants, portable forges, and open
incinerators. Fire Permits are not required for gas barbeques and
properly constructed back yard incinerators which have approved
spark arrestors fitted.
In all cases, a person lighting a fire with a Fire Permit or using
an exempt item shall remain in attendance at the fire until it is
fully extinguished. A Fire Permit shall not be a legal defense
against claims for damage caused by any, fire that such fire was of
the type, or lit at the time permitted by this notice.
Applications for Fire Permits should be made to the Wairarapa Rural
Fire District office at the Masterton Fire Station during normal
office hours (8:00 am to 4:30 pm) or on line at www.wrfd.org.nz.
There is no charge for Fire Permits.
For all FIRE EMERGENCIES PHONE 111 and quote your name,
address and rural property number.
For further information on rural fire matters contact the Wairarapa
Rural Fire District, phone 06 370 9557, or the Duty Officer phone
027 224 2247.
12 January 2017