Total fire ban lifted – Restricted Fire Season in place

Total Fire Ban lifted – Restricted Fire Season in place

The total fire ban in Upper Hutt City and Lower Hutt City regions will be lifted at 6.00 am, Thursday 31 March 2016 and a Restricted Fire Season will be in place.

Pursuant to Section 22 of the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977, notice is hereby given that lighting of fire in the open air is restricted over all of the Wellington Rural Fire District until notified otherwise by public notice.

Wellington Rural Fire District covers: Upper Hutt City Council, Hutt City Council, Kapiti Coast District Council, Porirua City Council and Wellington City Council excluding the urban fire districts within these boundaries.

All fires in the open air are required to have a permit issued by an authorised Rural Fire Officer, except for barbecues lit in properly constructed containers and fuelled with gas.

Section 23 of the Act states that it is an offence to set on fire, to assist in the setting of fire, to cause or permit to be set on fire, to aid, abet or assist in setting on fire in the open air, any vegetation or any other combustible material whatsoever, during a restricted fire season except pursuant to an authority or permit from a Fire Officer for the Rural Fire District.

It shall be no legal defence against claims for damage caused by any fire that such fire was of the type, or lit at the time permitted, by this notice.

Permit Applications

Permit applications can be made online at https://fireandemergency.nz (formerly www.wrfa.org.nz) or by phoning the WRFA office on (04) 237 9613 during the hours of 11.00 am and 3.00 pm, Monday to Friday.

Permits should be applied for at least five working days in advance of the planned fire to enable site inspections to be made by the Fire Officers.

For further information on open fire prevention matters please contact the Wellington Rural Fire Authority, or contact us on (04) 527 2169.