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

Fire danger status today is Very High

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.

Related Links

Rural Fire
Fire Permits

In an emergency, dial 111, for:

  • police
  • fire - including Rural Fire
  • ambulance

Ring this number if lives or property are at risk. 

Kāpiti Coast District Council Emergency Contact Details

Other emergency contact details:

  • Electra: 0800 567 876
  • Gas: 0800 802 332

Useful links

Wellington Region Emergency Management Office
NZ Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (CDEM)
Neighbourhood Support
Earthquake Commission (EQC)
Institure of Geological & Nuclear Sciences (GNS)
GeoNet
National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA)
The Meteorological Service of NZ