Restricted fire season for Mackenzie Basin

The Mackenzie Basin. Photo: Getty Images
The Mackenzie Basin. Photo: Getty Images
A restricted fire season has been declared in the Mackenzie Basin within the Mid-South Canterbury area, taking effect from 1am on Saturday.

Anyone planning to light an open-air fire in these areas must apply for and obtain a permit.

District Manager Rob Hands said the hot and dry conditions have increased the fire risk.

"Anyone who has been burning on their property recently must check that those fires are completely out. If not, and they want to continue burning, then they must apply for a permit," he said.

A range of activities such as barbequing and cultural cooking are still allowed without a permit during a restricted fire season.

For more information on what you can and can’t do, use the ‘can I light a fire’ tool on

Mr Hands wants everyone to think about the impact of lighting a fire - even when they have a permit.

"If it is hot and windy, do not light a fire, it is just too dangerous."

Meanwhile, a fireworks ban remains in place in the Mackenzie Basin area until March 31.

The Geraldine Forest Zone, the Waimate Forest Zone and all Public Conservation Lands are all still in a restricted fire season.


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