Season Information

Open Season

An Open Fire Season means that the lighting of fires in the open air is authorised (without a permit) as long as the fire lighter can comply with the Otago, Fire and Emergency New Zealand stated conditions of an Open Fire Season. An Open Fire Season only applies to Rural Fire Districts.

In an Open Fire Season, the Otago, Fire and Emergency New Zealand will continue to provide you with advice on fire plans, weather forecasts and risk reduction if requested.

Full responsibility for the fire lies with the person lighting the fire. The fire lighter must take all precautions and make sure any fire is safe and secure.

Restricted Season

A Restricted Fire Season means that the lighting of fires in the open air requires a permit from Otago, Fire and Emergency New Zealand. A Restricted Fire Season applies only to Rural Fire Districts.

Permit applications may be declined or revoked at any time at the discretion of the Otago, Fire and Emergency New Zealand.

During a Restricted Fire Season gas cookers, gas barbeques and fires in permanent fire places are authorised without a permit.

Full responsibility for the fire lies with the person lighting the fire. The fire lighter must take all precautions and make sure any fire is safe and secure.

Total Ban

A Prohibited Fire Season requires a total fire ban and/or the suspension of certain operations that pose a fire risk. A Prohibited Fire Season may apply in both Urban and Rural Fire Districts.

During Prohibited Fire Season gas barbeques authorised however the lighting of fires in the open air or use of pyrotechnics (eg fireworks) is prohibited.

The Otago, Fire and Emergency New Zealand Principal Rural Fire Officer may authorise some exemptions to the total fire ban.