Hurunui District Prohibited Fire Season

22 November 2016

Total Fire Ban Notice is hereby given that pursuant to Section 22(2) of the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977, a PROHIBITED FIRE SEASON is extended over the whole of the Hurunui District Rural Fire Authority fire jurisdiction area as from 9am, Wednesday 22 November 2016, until further notice.

During the Prohibited Fire Season, it is an offence to light any fires in the open air without a ‘Special Fire Permit’ issued by the Hurunui District Council Principal Rural Fire Officer. A special fire permit will only be issued to manage a hazard to life or health or other such serious emergency event.

This prohibition includes the use of all barbecues which use or contain solid fuels. As braziers or other similar devices use solid fuel and constitute a fire in the open air, their use is also prohibited. Gas fuelled barbecues and gas cookers, which contain no charcoal or solid fuel are exempt from this notice provided a high-pressure water supply is available.

The Principal Rural Fire Officer can be contacted on 03-314 8816.