Lifting of Fire Restrictions - replaced with an Open Fire Season

Fires may now be lit in the open in rural areas without a permit. Restrictions may be re-imposed at a later date if weather conditions create a potentially dangerous fire situation. Please take time to notify your local Chief Fire Officer of your intent to burn to avoid false alarms.

Outdoor fires may not be lit in residential areas except with consent from Environment Canterbury.

All residents are requested to take care when lighting fires in the open, and are reminded that legal liability for costs associated with fighting fire escapes lie with the person lighting the fire.

Before lighting a fire in the open, due care must be given to weather conditions, adequacy of fire breaks, and the patrolling of fires until completely out. No fires are to be lit after dark.

Those lighting fires have a duty of care to their neighbours and a duty to prevent the spread of fire.

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 margin are reminded that a Restricted Fire Season is in place all year round within these areas, and that the relevant authority should be contacted for a permit prior to any burning.

Allan Grigg