- Restricted Fire
Public Notice is hereby given pursuant to Sections 19, 22 and 23
of the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977.
That as from Monday 7 November 2011 a Restricted Fire
Season will exist in the Clutha District until further notice.
Burning permits are required for all fires in the open air during
the restricted fire season except for the following:
The burning of agriculture crop residues, stubble or straw
provided that no crop residue, stubble or straw shall be burnt until a fully
ploughed fire break of not less than five metres in width has been created
around the area to be burnt.
NOTE: Fire permits are required for all agricultural residue
fires within 500 metres of City Forests Ltd, Wenita Forest Products Ltd forests
and/or within 1 kilometre Department of Conservation area. Fire permits are
obtainable on application from these organisations.
Barbecues lit in properly constructed containers which are
fuelled with gas, solid or liquid fuel.
Cooking fires at camping sites lit within a concrete or stone
surround and with not less than three metres of ground surrounding the container
cleared of all combustible materials.
PROVIDED THAT NO SUCH FIRES SHALL BE LIT WHEN HIGH OR GUSTY WINDS
A ban on all fires on any day or days of extreme fire hazard as
broadcast under Section 20 of the Forest & Rural Fires Act takes precedence over
In all cases a person lighting a fire within these provisions
shall remain in attendance at the fire until it is fully extinguished or cannot
It is no legal defence against the claims for damage caused by
the fire, that the fire was of a type or lit at a time permitted by this
Burning permits may be obtained on application to the:-
Clutha District Council, Balclutha, Ph (03) 419 0200
or CDC Service Centres at
Milton, Ph (03) 417 8109
Lawrence, Ph (03) 485 9909
Tapanui, Ph (03) 204 8306
At least five working days notice is required to allow prior
inspection of the area concerned.
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PRINCIPAL RURAL FIRE OFFICER
certain times of the year we experience prolonged spells of dry weather. These
are the times when the risk of fire is at its greatest. Council will restrict or
prohibit all open fires during such periods. There are a number of simple
steps that you can take to protect your own property.
Avoid all outdoor
activities that generate heat or sparks.
vegetation within 10 to 30metres
around houses and outbuildings.
weeds and leaves from out of rain gutters and downspouts.
Remove dead plants and
debris from around your sections.
Cut lawns and paddocks
around buildings, and keep them wateredwhen and where permitted.
Connect a garden hose for
immediate use in the event of a fire.
Signpost water supplies
and provide clear access routes to them.
Make an escape plan
and make sure that everyone in your household knows what to do.
Evacuate immediately if
instructed to do so by local
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