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Fire Restrictions

Fires are dangerous, particularly during Hawke's Bay's long hot summers. The rules on the lighting and management of fire are set and managed by Fire Emergency New Zealand. On this page you will find the links to that organisation as well Hawke's Bay-specific rules on fires in public places and smoke nuisance.

Current fire status

All matters related to fire safety are managed by Fire Emergency New Zealand. To check the current fire status in Hastings or to arrange a fire permit visit the FENZ website.  

Please note: you have to go through the "Check & Apply Now" option on the FENZ website to see the status for your location.

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Burning at night

Fires burning at night can be mistaken for uncontrolled fires. Before burning  contact Fire And Emergency New Zealand on 0800 658 628 or email to check if a permit is required.

Smoke pollution

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council prohibits outdoor burning for all properties within the Napier and Hastings airsheds from May 1 - August 31. Check the Hawke's Bay Regional Council website for burning rules and to see if your property is in an airshed. Alternatively, call the HBRC pollution hotline 0800 10 88 38


Note: During a Total Fire Ban report all fires to the emergency services, phone 111. 

Public areas

Parks and Reserves

Fires may be lit in Council-provided fire places during Open and Restricted Fire Seasons only.


A permanent Fire Ban is in force on the following beaches and adjacent public areas; all Mahia Peninsula Beaches, Waipatiki Beach and all Central Hawke's Bay Beaches.

Fires can be lit on other beaches during Open Fire Seasons provided the fire is not left unattended and is completely extinguished with water. A permit is required during a Restricted Fire Season and no fires can be lit during a Fire Ban.

Rivers controlled by Hawke's Bay Regional Council

Please apply to Hawke's Bay Regional Council before lighting any fire.

General burning rules

Fires must:

  • be at least five meters clear of any flammable material, vegetation, fence or building
  • not be lit in windy conditions or when strong winds are forecast
  • not be left unattended
  • be controlled and extinguishing equipment such as a garden hose must be readily available
  • be completely extinguished with water

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