Welcome to the
Waimea Rural Fire Authority

           Current Regional Fire Danger : Moderate/High

Permits are on hold for the Nelson Coastal area including Hira, Wakefield, Dovedale and Motueka Valley south to Tapawera. This may be reviewed depending on how much rain we get later this week / over the weekend. The small amount of rain we had in these areas on Wednesday / Thursday will dissappear quickly with South West winds. Permits may be given for lower risk fires St Arnaud, Murchison and Takaka

The strong Southwest winds and low humidities we have been experiencing create significant risk for fire spread and reignition of old fires. Make sure any fire has a non flammable zone around it and is properly extinguished (ashes turned over and dampended down)

Check it's alright before you light!

In the Waimea Rural Fire District (All of Tasman District and Nelson City council areas) fires in the open air require a permit all year. This includes drum incinerators.

Fire Sensitive Areas: In the Tasman District areas near residential or township areas there is a ban on lighting outdoor fire in the months June, July and August due to smoke nuisance.

Fire Ban Areas: In the Tasman District and Nelson City areas in some high density residential areas there is a ban on open air fires all year round due to smoke nuisance.

The Status of your property can be checked by visiting here:Fire Ban and Fire Sensitive areas

The Nelson Tasman region consists of a land area that is over 1 Million Hectares.  
Land use ranges from conservation National Parks, vast commercial forestry areas, horticulture
including tree & pip fruit industry, sheep beef & dairy farming to lifestyle properties. 
The environment consists of varying degrees of fire risk & hazard, which as proven by history,
need focused fire management.  The fire management needs of this diverse environment are as
diverse as the environment itself ranging from the forestry harvesting operations undertaken in
the steep back country to the lifestyle farmer.  Fire management within this environment is divided
into the following areas: Reduction, Readiness, Response & Recovery.

To contact RFN: phone 5442441, FAX 5442651 or Email lookout@rfn.co.nz