Notice is given under Section 56 (1) (b) of the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017 that a Restricted Fire Season is declared from midnight SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER 2017 in the following area (s) until revoked or amended by Fire & Emergency New Zealand in the whole are of the Mid-South Canterbury Rural district from the Rakaia River to the Waitaki River, sea to the Alps.
Under Environment Canterbury's Canterbury Air Regional Plan, if your property is less than 2 hectares, you can't burn outdoors (unless you're cooking). If your property is 2+ hectares, you can burn outdoors if conditions are met. Anyone undertaking crop residue burning needs a smoke management plan, and in the crop residue buffer zone surrounding Timaru and Ashburton a resource consent is also required.
For resource consent and/or Smoke Management Plans call Environment Canterbury on 0800 324 636 or visit their website (external link)
FOR FIRE PERMITS CONTACT
Fire and Emergency Mid South Canterbury
c/-Timaru District Council Customer Services
Phone 03 687 7200 Monday - Friday 8.30 - 4.30