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Learn about safe fire practice, and find out about any fire restrictions in your area.

The Check it's Alright to Light website is a single point of contact for all fire authorities in Northland.

Here you can learn about safe fire practice, and find out about any fire restrictions in your area.

If you are currently in a restricted fire status zone you can apply for a permit here.

For more information about Northland Fire and Emergency New Zealand.

Northern Fire and Emergency New Zealand
1B Recreation Road, 
Northland, 0405

PO Box 74
Kaikohe, 0440

(09) 401 0723

Phones monitored from 9am to 4pm weekdays.


If you are having a cooking fire, hangi/umu, wood/gas barbecue in all areas except public land you do not need a permit during a Restricted Fire Season or Prohibited Fire Season.

The following conditions must be met: The size of the fire is less than two metres in diameter;
The fire is at least five metres clear of any combustible materials including buildings;
There is at least one functioning garden hose available to control any breakout;
Two people are in attendance at all times;
All fires are extinguished before being left unattended and a check is made 30 minutes later to ensure it has not reignited;
No fire will be lit within 50 metres of any scrub, forest, or reserve;
You must have permission from the landowner to light the fire.

To report a Fire Call 111

Report smoke

If you see any smoke rising in a rural area while driving around the District, please call 111.  If the fire is permitted, the operator may already know and that’s fine; but if not, your call may save some of our valuable forest areas and maybe even someone’s life!

Excessive smoke or smells

Excessive smoke or smells may result in action being taken under the Resource Management Act.

For rural areas - a few tips

  • Keep the grass green, mown or grazed around your home
  • Ensure that your property is easily identified
  • Keep a hose connected (one that can reach round the house)
  • Ensure that your driveway has at least four metres clearance (both width and height) and adequate turn round area for large vehicles
  • Ensure that water supplies are accessible and clearly marked
  • Ensure easy access to water supplies and make sure they are signposted
  • Live in a safety zone by ensuring any dead or flammable plants and trees are removed and replaced with low flammable species
  • Store firewood and other flammable materials away from the house
  • Isolate flammable liquids
  • Maintain machinery and equipment in safe working order
  • Dispose of ash safely in a metal container and use approved incinerators
  • Install multi-purpose dry powder extinguishers in the house and outbuildings

Escape plan

All householders are encouraged to develop their own escape plans, in the event of a fire in the home.  Should you require information, contact Fire and Emergency New Zealand.


In case of emergency

In case of an emergency it is important to keep calm and be prepared. See the Civil Defence pages to help you understand and prepare for a Civil Defence event.