Fire and Emergency Declares Prohibited Fire Season

1The continuing hot and dry weather of late has led to Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) declaring a prohibited fire season as of midnight tonight (Wednesday 20 February).

All fires will be prohibited within the Hurunui, Waimakariri and Selwyn districts.

This means a total ban on lighting fires from this evening until further notice. It also means all fire permits issued during the former ‘restricted’ fire season will be suspended.

If you had a fire permit and/or were managing a fire during the restricted season, FENZ are reminding you to check it is still properly extinguished. Fires have been known to reignite up to a month after being put out.

You can check which types of fire are still alright, like gas BBQs, at

For tips on how to keep your property safe, head to the FENZ website

For further information call FENZ on 0800 658 628.