Fire & Emergency New Zealand

Marlborough south zone moves back to restricted fire season

Marlborough south zone moves back to restricted fire season

The Marlborough south zone will move back into a restricted fire season as of 8am this morning (23 March) until further notice.

This includes Ward, Seddon, Blenheim, Renwick, and the Wairau Valley.

A restricted fire season means anyone wanting to light an open-air fire in the Marlborough south zone will need a permit.

Group Manager, Chris Hayles says the unseasonably wet weather in the region has led to this change.

"Due to the current wet weather, the fire danger has decreased significantly," he says.

However, Chris Hayles says there is still a risk of wildfire, which is why he encourages people to stay vigilant and practise fire safety.

"Due to the wet weather, there has been new grass growth. This means when that long grass dries out, fire will move extremely fast through it in windy conditions.

"If it’s warm and windy - don’t light, even with a permit. It only takes one small spark to start a devasting wildfire," he says.

To apply for a permit, check the conditions and find valuable fire safety tips at