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Park, Forest and Rural Land


If you use rural land for leisure and recreation, you need to be aware of the risks of fires in forests, parks and rural areas. The rules are different in these areas compared to living and working in town. Rural fire management in our region is the responsibility of the WRFA.

Using the Wellington Forests, Parks and Rural Lands

Before you head out to make use of the great outdoors, make sure you:

  • find out about fire restrictions and the current fire danger by contacting the WRFA.
  • check for any rules with the land manager or owner, such as rules for campfires, gas cookers and established cooking areas.
  • check maintenance on vehicles, machinery and equipment, including quad bikes and motor bikes.
  • find out if you need a spark arrestor on your exhaust system.

Check with the Department of Conservation or the appropriate land owner for any rules concerning the fire risk and what is enforce. Consider whether you need insurance.

Remember; if you start a fire that gets out of control, you may be responsible for paying the costs of putting out the fire. Do not light a fire that you cannot control.

During your activity, make sure you:

  • follow the instructions on your permit.
  • have access to water if lighting a fire.
  • use gas-powered cooking stoves, rather than thermettes.
  • use tracer ammunition or coarse-grained gunpowder (black powder) for firearms.
  • turn machinery engines off when parking them over dry, flammable material.
  • keep the site clear of bottles and other reflective items that can act as magnifying glasses and start fires.

It is also important, you:

  • do not use an open flame anywhere near trees, long dry grass, and steep northerly-facing slopes.
  • do not remove or damage any signs, such as the RAPID address or water points.

Leaving Forests, Parks or Rural Lands

When leaving a site, make sure you:

  • fully extinguish your campfire.
  • dispose of ashes carefully.
  • take all rubbish with you.

If in Doubt – Do Not Light a Fire