OPEN FIRE SEASON

December 12 2016

Fire prohibition (Total Fire Ban) for the Hurunui District Council Rural Fire Authority area is lifted from 9am Monday 5 December 2016 and replaced by an Open Fire Season.

 Fires may now be lit in the open without a permit in Hurunui Rural Fire jurisdiction areas only. (This notice does not apply to outdoor fires in residential areas except with consent from Environment Canterbury.)  Restrictions may be put in place at a later date if weather conditions create potentially dangerous fire situations.  Please notify your local Chief Fire Officer of your intent to burn to avoid false alarms.

Please take care when lighting fires in the open. Costs associated with putting fires out belong to the person responsible for lighting or causing the fire.
Tips for lighting fires in the open:
 Before lighting a fire in the open, due care must be given to current and future weather conditions.  Make sure there are adequate fire breaks.  Keep watch on the fire until it is completely out.  No fires are to be lit after dark.  Please refrain from burning stumps and other large fuels as they can smolder for weeks or months, creating problems in future strong wind conditions.  Be considerate to neighbours when lighting fires.  Make sure the fire does not spread.
Property owners within the Hill and High Country area of the Hurunui District Council Rural Fire Authority, the Ashley Rural Fire District and Department of Conservation Estate & fire safety margins are reminded that a Restricted Fire Season is commonly in place all year round within these areas, and that the relevant fire authority should be contacted for a permit prior to any burning.

Allan Grigg PRINCIPAL RURAL FIRE OFFICER