What are the fire seasons?

Fire and Emergency New Zealand

What are the fire seasons?

Fire seasons are used to inform people about the requirements for or restrictions on lighting fires in the open air, and to manage the use of fire to protect communities from the consequences of unwanted fire.

Fire and Emergency can declare or revoke a prohibited or restricted fire season in an area, and uses its Fire seasons, prohibitions and restrictions policy and associated processes to manage this.

Fire seasons are applied to geographic zones based on:

  • the fire environment (fuel types, curing, weather, topography, historic trends)
  • fire climatic zones
  • topographical boundaries/features (rivers, roads, coast lines, forest and national park boundaries)
  • fire control considerations.

One of three types of fire season is in force at any time in an area or zone:

Open fire season

 

Fires may be lit in open air, without restriction.

Applies whenever there is not a prohibited or restricted fire season in place.

Restricted fire season

 

Lighting a fire is riskier than usual. A fire permit is required for most fire types and may also have specific conditions to make sure fires can be safely lit and remain under control.

Prohibited fire season

 

Lighting fires in the open air is not permitted. Existing fire permits are suspended, though fire permits may still be granted in exceptional circumstances.

It is important that you know what the current fire season is and understand how you can comply with the safety requirements, before lighting any type of fire. To see what the current fire season is within a local area (or zone within an area), go to checkitsalright.nz.