Staying safe in a RESTRICTED Fire Season
The rural fire areas controlled by the Palmerston North City Council and the Department of Conservation land that boarders it, are now affected by a restricted fire season. For those residents who live within the rural area, it means you will now need to obtain a Rural Fire Permit if you wish to light any open air fire. Deputy Principal Fire Officer, Graeme McIntyre said there are exceptions. “You can still use a barbecue if it is lit in a properly constructed container and fuelled with gas or liquid fuel. You can also light a cooking fire providing it is lit within an approved concrete or stone surround with at least three meters of cleared ground around it.”
Graeme said the restriction means permits are required for the use of braziers and chimineas. “Permits will be issued during normal office hours, so residents who wish to burn rubbish or light a fire should contact the Palmerston North City Council on 356 8199. A Rural Fire Officer will need to make an appointment to inspect the site before a permit can be issued.
No fires should be lit if conditions are windy, the smoke from your fire would cause a nuisance to persons or surrounding property or if the person lighting the fire cannot remain with the fire until it is fully extinguished.
If you have any questions, or would like clarification on if your property is within the rural boundary, contact the Council on