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Total fire ban in force across Palmerston North

Thursday December 21 2017

Fire and Emergency New Zealand has declared a prohibited fire season from 8am Thursday 21 December 2017 until further notice.

Photo shows fire danger meter with pointer on extreme risk.

A prohibited fire season means there is a total fire ban. You are not permitted to light a fire in the open air. 

The notice covers all areas within the Palmerston North City Council boundary, including Ashhurst, Bunnythorpe and Linton.

Any existing fire permits are cancelled.

You commit an offence if you knowingly or recklessly light, or allow another person to light, a fire in open air in an area that is in a prohibited fire season unless under a permit issued by Fire and Emergency New Zealand and in accordance with any conditions of the permit.


  • gas barbecue or cooker
  • charcoal or wood-fired barbecue or cooker that fully contains all sparks
  • pizza oven with or without a chimney that fully contains all sparks. Note: If the oven includes a chimney, the chimney must include fine wire mesh (which is replaced annually, as it will burn out).

Hāngi and umu

  • in rural areas, please apply for a permit to enable advice from a Rural Fire Officer. Note: the traditional cooking fire must be attended at all times and means of extinguishing any fire is to be on site. It is highly unlikely a permit will be declined but additional fire safety measures may be required.
  • you do not require a permit for a traditional cooking fire in urban Palmerston North or Ashhurst, but please observe the conditions specified above.

Applying for permits

Palmerston North City Council will not be issuing urban fire permits during the prohibited fire season.

Rural fire permits are now issued by Fire and Emergency New Zealand. For more information or to apply for a permit in a rural area, go to