Getting a fire permit this summer for your open air fire is even easier with Pumicelands Rural Fire Authority allowing applications online.
Ian Castles, Sector Manager Eastern Zone Pumicelands Rural Fire Authority, explained that fire permits are necessary for all open air fires in the district.
“You need to get a fire permit before lighting any outdoor fire in a rural area. If you start a fire that gets out of control and damages someone else's property, you're responsible for the cost of repairing any damage. And if we are called out or the fire service is called out, you may have to pay those costs too.
“Fire permits help us keep track of fires so we know who is lighting them and where. It means we know that people have thought it through and are taking precautions with their fire. There is just too much at stake for people to be irresponsible,” Mr Castles said.
All fires need a permit including beach fires or scrub burn-offs. The only exceptions are gas barbecues and properly constructed incinerators.
Online permits take three days to be approved and are available at www.pumicelands.co.nz or through the link on the Rural Fire page on this website..