Fires in the open air

With summer approaching, fires in the open air are a more regular occurrence and Council is urging residents to keep their neighbours in mind this year when lighting fires outdoors – this can include barbecues and ethnic cooking fires.

An outdoor fire can create environmental and air pollution, smoke hazards, ash or odour nuisance and potential fire hazards. It is important to check the conditions are safe before you light and make sure that you have a permit if you need one. Most importantly, never leave a fire unattended, and ensure you have a way to extinguish the fire if necessary.

Burning unwanted green waste, construction materials, combustible materials and household refuse can generate toxic fumes that are harmful to human health. Check out the Tararua District Council website for the latest updates on Rural Fire Season, important information for lighting fires, fees and charges for the landfills and transfer stations, and a bylaw that explains your responsibilities when lighting a fire outdoors.

Fires classified as open air fires are:

  1. campfires;
  2. cooking fires;
  3. braziers;
  4. rubbish fires;
  5. hangi fires;
  6. open top incinerators;
  7. controlled burns; and
  8. prescribed burns.

If a Council (or Fire Brigade) representative is called to your property because of a reported smoke nuisance, it is likely that you will be asked to extinguish the fire. In most cases, it is safer to take unwanted items to the waste transfer station for disposal.

Instead of burning:

  1. use one of the landfills or transfer stations in the district;
  2. use Council’s recycling collection service;
  3. mulch or compost waste vegetation; or
  4. deliver recyclable items and materials to your nearest recycling centre.

Rural Fire Status and Important Information -

Landfill/Transfer Station Fees and Charges -

Policies and Bylaws for the Tararua District -

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