Fire danger status

We monitor the fire danger status in Porirua from low to extreme.

Current fire danger status - low

The current fire danger status is low.

As the fire danger status rises, so does the risk of a fire.

Low, moderate and high status

  • Approved incinerators may be used without the need to obtain a fire permit. 
  • All other fires in the open air, like bonfires require a fire permit to be obtained before lighting. 
  • As the fire status moves to moderate the issue of a fire permit is subject to the Council discretion. 
  • Things affecting the issuing of a permit are topography, wind, closeness to vegetation etc. 

High and very high status

  • This status means fire conditions are approaching the stage when a total fire ban will be declared. 
  • Approved incinerators may still be used without a fire permit. 
  • Open air fires will generally be granted a fire permit in special circumstances only. 

Extreme status

  • A total fire ban will generally be imposed. 
  • Incinerators and all open air fires are generally prohibited. 
  • A special fire permit may be issued for hangi and umu cooking fires.