Warning: Extreme Fire Risk. Fire Ban, Park and Track Closures

Friday 29 December 2017

All fire permits across the Nelson Tasman region have been cancelled with the exception of the Nelson Lakes and Murchison areas.

The Kingsland Forest and Moturoa/Rabbit Island cycle tracks are now open as at 29 December 2017

Hot, Windy Conditions Mean Extreme Fire Risk

We have high fire danger conditions across the region, north of a line between Kikiwa and Glenhope including Golden Bay.  Any time a wind over 20km/h exists these conditions climb to extreme.  Grass drying rates are at the point where unirrigated land is at risk of a fire start from sparks and hot objects such as vehicle and motorbike exhausts.

No Fire Permits

  • No fire permits are being issued due to the conditions. Existing permits have been cancelled.
  • This includes beach fires in Golden and Tasman Bays.
  • Currently the Nelson Lakes / Murchison area is unaffected.

No Beach Fires

This year there is a 9:30pm high tide on New Year’s eve.  With tides at this time it tends to push any fires being lit dangerously close to the beachfront vegetation. Due to this elevated risk and the current dry condition of the grass no permits for beach fires will be issued this festive season.

No Access to Forests

Access to commercial forests and high risk areas is also being shut down. If there isn’t any significant rain for several more weeks there will be further shut downs of access to walking and mountain biking areas.

Tunnicliff Forest closed

Tunnicliff Forest near Foxhill is closed.

Note to Track Users

Users of mountain bike and walking tracks in the hills are asked to be mindful that if a fire starts below them, it may be difficult for them to get out of the way of a fire. It is suggested that people use these areas either in the cooler mornings or later evenings when the fire danger is at its lowest point during the day.

Take extra care if outdoors

Fire and Emergency New Zealand are urging people to be especially careful when working and recreating in the outdoors.

Every catastrophic fire starts as a spark. Let’s not let that happen in our region.

Advice for Residents

Homeowners living in rural locations or close to scrub or forest areas are advised to take precautions in case a fire comes nearby.  This can involve ensuring that

    • you have at least two ways of escaping from the property if a fire threatens.
    • windblown embers can’t blow under the house  or deck onto anything flammable, and
    • gutters and areas where leaves build up around the house or decks are cleared - this is where fire embers will land.

Rural homeowners should prune up and thin out any vegetation within 30m of the house and keep a 1-2m strip of non-flammable area around the perimeter of the house.

For more information go to www.fireandemergency.nz

More Information

For more information go to www.fireandemergency.nz