Fire & Emergency New Zealand

Prohibited fire season for Southland

Prohibited fire season for Southland

Fire and Emergency New Zealand has declared a prohibited fire season for Southland as of 8 am Wednesday 1 February 2023, until further notice.

A prohibited fire season means a total ban on outdoor fires.

Southland District Manager Julian Tohiariki says due to La Nina conditions, Southland is experiencing higher than normal temperatures with lower than normal rain fall.

"We do have rain coming but it’s not enough and not in the right places. Any rain is unlikely to make any significant difference to the current conditions," he says.

"I encourage people to be vigilant and to understand the fire dangers, especially while they’re out and about over the long weekend.

He says if there is an urgent need for businesses to burn, they should call Fire and Emergency to discuss options. Contact details here.

"It’s important to know what you can and can’t do in a prohibited season, so please head to for tips and fire safety advice."