Having a Fire

Defining urban–rural interface

Properties, such as those that are residential, industial or agricultural, are considered on the urban–rural interface if they are next to vegetation, whether it is forest, scrubland, or in a rural setting.

A community responsibility

If you live or own property on the urban–rural interface, you are part of a community who has a responsibility to manage the risk of fires on your property.

The community includes:

  • homeowners
  • the New Zealand Fire Service
  • officials
  • media
  • schools.

The community is responsible because there is no single group or agency that is able to or has the mandate to manage these types of fires. Together, the community can be responsible for assessing hazards, being aware of fire risk, and being prepared for fires.

Community member Responsibilities
  • establish and maintain a FireSmart property
  • understand the role of emergency services
  • contact Northland Fire and Emergency New Zealand or your local council to find out about fire emergency plans
  • understand fire hazards, fire danger information and fire season status
  • predetermine whether to stay or to go in an interface fire emergency
Fire services
  • provide rapid response to fires
  • promote and carry out fire control measures
  • provide information and fire-safety education
  • monitor fire danger and the fire environment
Media and schools
  • inform the public

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