Fire Restrictions and Alerts
Wellington Rural Fire Authority operates a 'restricted' fire season all year round and may choose to declare a 'prohibited' fire season with a total fire ban if there is an extreme rural fire risk.
View information about obtaining a fire permit here.
Kāpiti Coast District Fire Danger
|GREEN ALERT - LOW
|Fire risk is LOW. Open air fires can be lit with a permit
|BLUE ALERT - MODERATE
|Fire risk is MODERATE. Open air fires can be lit with a permit. Home owners are advised to mow lawns and clear away vegetation near dwellings.
|YELLOW ALERT - HIGH
|Fire risk is HIGH. Open air fires can be lit with a permit in strict compliance with all permit conditions. Home owners are advised to clear away rubbish and vegetation near their dwelling and make a defensible space. Consider evacuation plans.
|ORANGE ALERT - VERY HIGH
|Fire risk is VERY HIGH. No new fire permits will be issued. Rural Fire Force on standby notice. Clear a defensible space around your home and prepare contingency plans in the event you are required to evacuate.
|RED ALERT - EXTREME
|Fire risk is EXTREME. All fire permits are suspended until further notice. Rural Fire Force on standby. Clear a defensible space around your home and be prepared to move if required to do so.
Fire Danger Status is assesssed by the Kāpiti Coast Principal Rural Fire Officer and relates to the level of fire danger in rural areas of the District. The homeowner responses listed in the above table are recommendations only.
Restricted Fire Season
In a restricted fire season any burning of open air fires in urban and rural areas (including the beach) require a permit. Urban and beach permit applications can be requested from the Council during normal office hours. Rural permit applications are made through the Wellington Rural Fire Authroity.
If you are unsure of the fire season, contact the Council.
Prohibited Fire Season
A prohibited fire season creates a total fire ban. No fires are to be lit in the open air. The only activities permitted during a prohibited fire season are gas-operated barbecues and domestic fireplaces (inside the home). The prohibited fire season is declared when certain fire danger thresholds are reached, generally from mid to late December through to early March.
The prohibited fire season is advertised in The Dominion Post and in local papers, and Total Fire Ban signs are erected within the Kāpiti Coast District. Any person unsure of the fire season can telephone the Council.
People are encouraged to get any necessary burns completed well before a prohibited season comes into effect.
Fire Safety and Prevention
Here are some ways you can reduce the risk of fire:
- Develop a 20 metre buffer zone around your home.
- Do not store flammable material such as firewood around the side of your house.
- Plant trees well clear of power lines.
- Keep grass mown short around the house.
Be prepared for fire:
- Have a family plan for escaping from your home.
- Install smoke alarms for early detection of fire.
- Rural homes: know your RAPID number to advise the operator if a 111 call is made, and ensure the RAPID number is easily seen from the road.
- Attach a hose(s) to your house hose tap(s).
- Report any suspicious activity.