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Fire Restrictions

21 April 2021

Manawatu and Rangitīkei move to open fire season

At 8 am, Monday 19 April, Manawatu, Rangitīkei and Palmerston North districts will move to an open fire season, with the exception of beaches across the Rangitīkei , Manawatu and Horowhenua where open-air fires will remain prohibited.

An open fire season means people planning on lighting an open-air fire don’t need a permit prior to lighting.

Principal Rural Fire Officer Bradley Shanks says recent rain fall and cooler weather has helped reduce the risk of a fire spreading around the Manawatu and Rangitīkei .

“However, I encourage people planning on lighting open-air fires to visit for information and advice on managing fires safely,” he says.

“I’d like to thank everyone who followed Fire and Emergency’s advice when lighting fires over the periods of heightened fire danger.”

For more information please check

24 February 2021

Restricted Fire Season

Rural areas move to restricted fire season from Wednesday 24 February 2021

The Rangitīkei, Manawatū and Palmerston North rural districts will move from an open fire season to a restricted fire season from 8am Wednesday 24 February.

A total fire ban however, remains for all beaches across all districts.

Find out which fire season your area is in and to apply for a fire permit if required at

More information

15 APRIL2020

We ask people to hold off lighting outdoor fires during the COVID-19 Lockdown

See Fire and Emergency NZ for more information.

Rangitikei District and surrounding areas will move into an OPEN FIRE SEASON effective from 8am Wednesday 1 April.

Permits are still required to light a fire in open air in:

- All Public Conservation Land administered by the Department of Conservation.

- Commercial Forestry areas.

- Urban areas under City or District Councils Fire Bylaw. Check this with your local Council.

"These areas remain in a year-round Restricted fire season. Open air fires are still prohibited at all beach and sand dune areas which remain in a year-round total fire ban."