Kaipara District Fire Plan 2014Adopted at the Council meeting 30 September 2014 - click here to view
Kaipara District Council is the Fire Authority for the area that it administers. The other Fire Authority within Kaipara District is the Department of Conservation which administers the fire responsibility for all conservancy areas within the Kaipara District. Increasing development is occurring in Kaipara District as people are attracted to the rural lifestyle within commuting distance of Auckland. There are a number of second or holiday homes present bringing an increased value and risk of wildfire.
The resident population of Kaipara increases considerably during holiday periods and at weekends. This places an increased pressure on fire prevention measures to accommodate seasonal residents. The vegetation in Kaipara varies considerably with areas of volatile fuel species and developed forest. The coastal areas carry particularly volatile scrub, gorse and broom. These coastal areas are increasingly used for recreation thus heightening the risk of wild fire occurring. Kaipara’s climate is mild with maximum day temperatures ranging from a low of 9ºC to a high of 30ºC during summer. Rainfall is an average of 1,200 millimetres annually on the west coast with 1,000 millimetres on the east coast however can reach 2,400 millimetres in the hill ranges. Winds are mainly westerly and can be strong in exposed areas. The fire and emergency response resources in Kaipara District include Volunteer Rural Fire Forces based at Paparoa and Tinopai. The New Zealand Fire Service has brigades established at Mangawhai, Kaiwaka, Maungaturoto, Ruawai, Dargaville and Te Kopuru. A Principal Rural Fire Officer (PRFO) is employed as a contractor and reports to the General Manager Operations of the Kaipara District Council. The PRFO is responsible for carrying out the fire control functions of the District including response to fire incidents... read more