When you need a burn plan
A full prescribed burn plan is required in all fire seasons for:
- larger or more complex fires
- standing vegetation over half a hectare
- clearing of forestry slash or skid site waste.
In a restricted fire season, you will need a fire permit along with the burn plan.
Burn plans should include
- Location detail:
- Address, property owner, and contractors.
- A map of the property.
- Purpose of the fire.
- values potentially at risk - forest areas
- smoke considerations - who may be susceptible and how smoke will be minimised
- topography -how will this influence potential fire escape, how will it influence the weather
- at risk vegetation - both what is being burnt and what would be burning if the fire escapes
- weather - describe what weather conditions are required for the burn to go ahead
- ignition patterns - what are the best ways to light the area for burning to be of a fully controlled intensity
- suppression/holding resources - what resources such as appliances, machinery, spray units and or crews will be needed to keep the fire contained
- safety plan - covering the ignition and containment of the fire. Especially: lookouts, communication, escape routes and safe zones
- notifications - who else needs to be notified; Fire and Emergency, neighbours, possibly include public signage
- permissions required: fire permit from Fire and Emergency New Zealand.
- A risk assessment of:
- the assets at risk such as forest areas, buildings, power lines
- the weather conditions and terrain needed for the fire to go ahead
- who may be affected by the smoke
- how the smoke will be minimised
- how the surrounding land form could affect where the fire may escape
- the vegetation that is being burnt
- what could burn if the fire escapes.
- A safety plan covering:
- plans for lighting and containing the fire
- lookouts, communication, escape routes and safe zones
- the best way to control the intensity of the fire
- what resources, machinery, spray units and crews needed to keep the fire contained
- who else needs to be notified, such as rural fire officers, neighbours, and signs for the public
Contact Fire and Emergency New Zealand for more information on burn plans.