Restricted and Prohibited Fire Seasons are now in place for most areas of New Zealand. Read more.

About fire weather

The fire weather index system provides up-to-date weather information about fire danger.

We use the fire weather system to predict the chances of a fire starting, spreading, and causing damage on a particular day. This is one of the factors we consider when deciding the fire season status and whether it is appropriate to issue a fire permit or not.

If you're interested in seeing what the fire weather is in your area, visit the Fire and Emergency New Zealand fire weather website.

But remember – knowing the fire weather does not excuse you from needing a rural fire permit. Please check the fire season status on checkitsalright.nz before lighting any fire in open air.