High Country

Notice is given that Fire and Emergency New Zealand has revoked the previously declared Restricted Fire Season from midnight TUESDAY 3 APRIL 2018 in the High Country Zone which is now in an Open Fire Season.

This now means the whole area of the Mid-South Canterbury district from the Rakaia River to the Waitaki River, sea to the Alps is in an open fire season.No permits are required for burning (except for the Geraldine and Waimate Forest zones). However there is still an expectation that all outdoor burning is conducted in a safe manner.

Under Environment Canterbury's Canterbury Air Regional Plan, if your property is 2+ hectares, you can burn outdoors if conditions are met. You must also check hill and high country burning conditions in Environment Canterbury's Land and Water Regional Plan.

For resource consent and/or Smoke Management Plans call  Environment Canterbury on 0800 324 636 or visit their website (external link)

For General Enquiries:

Fire and Emergency NZ

Mid-South Canterbury Rural

Cnr Woollcombe/Latter Streets


Phone 6841222
email firepermit.midsouthcanterbury@fireandemergency.nz