Fire Control

Restricted fire season in place

As the Rural Fire Authority for the Waipa Territorial District, Waipa District Council advises that the Waipa district is in a Restricted Rural Fire Season. 

Under the restrictions, if people wish to light fires in rural areas they must get a permit from Waipa District Council.

 Fire Permit application form 

Fire control

Regardless of whether you require a permit, any person lighting a fire or allowing a fire to remain alight has an obligation to ensure it does not cause nuisance or damage. 

It is important to note that the person who is in charge of the fire is ultimately responsible for any damage it may cause, despite the fact that it may be permitted. This also includes the costs involved putting it out if the fire escapes. 

Fire control in the Waipa District is administered by a combination of the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977 and the Waipa Fire Control Bylaw 2015. 

 Fire Control Brochure

 Waipa Rural Fire Plan

 Fire Permit application form 

Fire areas in Waipa

Urban fire areas

Fires in the open air in the urban areas of Te Awamutu, Kihikihi, Cambridge and Leamington are restricted all year round. This means that all fires in the open air require a permit under the local Fire Bylaw 2011.

Permanently restricted rural fire areas

Most rural settlements including Pirongia, Ohaupo, Karapiro, Tokanui, Ngahinapouri, Te Pahu, Te Mawhai​, and the Peacocks Rd area south of Hamilton City are also permanently restricted under the Forest and Rural Fires Act, and also require a permit all year round for all fires in the open air.

There are two other areas that are permanently restricted to a permit for fires in the open air all year round. These are the Moanatuatua Swamp area in the Mill Rd, Kite Rd and Wallace Rd and Maratoto Lake at the end of Douch Rd, Ohaupo. These areas are marked by permanent signage advising the requirement for Fire permits. This restriction is implemented under the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977.

Rural areas

The Department Of Conservation (DOC) is the Rural Fire Authority for various reserves within Waipa, including a one kilometre safety margin from all boundaries of the reserve. Fires in the open air in any of these areas will require a Rural Fire Permit from DOC.

Fires in rural areas require a permit during the summer months, usually from 1 December to 30 March each year. Outside of these times no rural fire permits are required.

Regardless of whether you have a permit, any person lighting a fire or allowing a fire to remain alight has an obligation to ensure it does not cause nuisance or damage.

NB: Rural Fire Permits are required all year round in Department Of Conservation (DOC) areas which includes a one kilometre margin from that reserve boundary.  In the urban areas of Te Awamutu/Kihikihi & Cambridge/Leamington an Urban Fire Permit is also required all year round.

Fire safety tips

Here are some tips for keeping a safer fire:

  • Supervise fires at all times.
  • Don't annoy your neighbours with smoke nuisance.
  • Do not light in windy conditions
  • Fire must not be left to burn where there is a chance of spread.
  • Water and/or other equipment should be kept handy if available.
  • The fire should be completely extinguished on completion of the burn.
Page reviewed: 10 Jan 2017 1:18pm