A permit is required to light an open air fire in the Central and Queenstown Lakes zones as a restricted fire season is now in force.
The decision was made by Fire Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) due to the elevated fire indices and the long range outlook which does not forecast enough rain to reduce the climbing indices in the medium to long term.
There is a year-round restricted fire season on all public conservation land.
Lighting a fire is riskier than normal during a restricted fire season and a fire permit must be obtained from FENZ before a fire is lit in open air. It is an offence to knowingly or recklessly light, or allow another person to light, a fire in open air without a fire permit, or not in accordance with the conditions of a fire permit, during a restricted fire season.
For a permit application go to www.otagoruralfire.org.nz/permits.
In the early hours of Wednesday, January 9, nine firefighting crews worked for an hour to put out a fire in a converted shed on Camp Hill Road. Nobody was injured in the blaze.