Total fire ban

A ban on all outdoor fires is now in place as of 8.00 am Friday, 4 March 2016 due to the extreme fire hazard in the Upper Hutt City and Lower Hutt City region.

The ban covers all territory (rural and urban) in the Upper Hutt City and the Hutt City Council areas. It includes all land administered by the Department of Conservation within these areas.

No person shall light a fire in the open air under any circumstances. This total fire ban includes all incinerators, traditional cooking fires (such as hangi, umu) solid fuel barbecues, camp fires, and fireworks.

Portable gas barbecues are permitted but extra care should be taken with their use.

All fire permits previously issued are suspended until further notice.

The Total Fire Ban has been declared due to the continuing dry weather and shall remain in force until further notice.

For further information on open fire prevention matters please contact the Wellington Rural Fire Authority (, Upper Hutt City Council, Hutt City Council or the Department of Conservation.

This notice is given under Sections 20, 21 and 22 of the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977 and the Prevention of Vegetation Fires Bylaw 2005.

Click here for more information on fires and fire permits in Upper Hutt.