Fire Season Status

Restricted Fire Season


A Restricted Fire Season is in place for the Ashburton District.

Lighting fires in the open air without a permit is prohibited, except for the following purposes, subject to strict conditions being met:

  • Gas fired barbeques
  • Hangis, and other ethnic cooking fires
  • Fires in fully enclosed drums
  • Burning of agricultural crop residues

Anyone considering a fire for the purposes listed above must obtain full details of the conditions required to be met before lighting any fire and must comply with the conditions at all times.   

Anyone considering a fire for any purpose other than those listed above must first obtain a fire permit from the Ashburton District Council.  Applications for permits can be made by phoning the Council on 307 7700.

Lighting a fire for any reason without complying with all the required conditions at all times will result in prosecution.

Don Geddes
Principal Rural Fire Officer

Page reviewed: 17 Jan 2018 2:51pm