Fire permits are required for all fires on Public Conservation Land other than for an approved campground fire or a fire lit for cooking or warmth.  Apply for fire permit (external link)

1km Fire Safety Margin and a continuous year-round Restricted Fire Season are on areas that are:

  • Registered Forest Areas in the Otago Rural Fire District; or where a forest owner has made suitable arrangements regarding fire control with Otago Fire and Emergency
  • High value conservation areas as identified by the stakeholder organisations
  • High risk or high value areas as identified by Otago fire reduction assessment.

Contact for details and Maps: www.otagoruralfire.org.nz (external link)

A Prohibited year round Fire Season applies to:

  • Mount Iron
  • Ruby Island, Stevensons, Mou Waho and Mou Tapu Islands, Lake Wanaka
  • Albert Town Recreation Reserve and Campground


Otago, Fire and Emergency New Zealand
85 Castle Street
0800 673 473
www.otagoruralfire.org.nz (external link)