Fire restrictions in place for summer

​1 December 2016

Restrictions on lighting fires for rural areas start today.

Under the restrictions, if people wish to light fires in rural areas they must get a permit from Waipa District Council. The restrictions are in place until at least 31 March 2017.

If weather conditions become drier, permits will not be issued until conditions ease.

Outdoor fires in any of the following urban areas require a fire permit at all times: Cambridge and Leamington; Te Awamutu and Kihikihi and also Pirongia, Ohaupo, Ngahinapouri, Te Pahu, Peacockes/Lowe Roads area and Karapiro, parts of Rukuhia, St Leger Road and Te Mawhai Road.

Rural fire officer, Chuck Davis said people needed to remember 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 creating a smoke nuisance.

“In most cases a bit of common sense and knowing the rules will keep people and property safe.  If people want to light a fire they need to talk with us first and keep an eye on our website in case the situation changes,” he said.

His tips for keeping fires safe include:

  • Supervise fires at all times.
  • Don’t annoy your neighbours with smoke nuisance.
  • 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.

To apply for a permit, visit any Council office or complete the form online at and email it to

Permits can be issued up to a week depending on weather conditions at the time of application. This can be renewed by contacting us on 0800 924 723.

For more information, contact: Nicole Nooyen 027 807 3478

Page reviewed: 02 Dec 2016 12:06pm