A Restricted Fire Season means that the lighting of fires in the open air requires a permit from the Otago Fire and Emergency New Zealand Principal Rural Fire Officer. During a Restricted Fire Season gas cookers, gas barbeques and fires in permanent fire places are authorised (without a permit). For all other fires please contact the Otago Fire and Emergency New Zealand Rural Fire Officer or apply for a permit online. Full responsibility for the fire is with the person lighting the fire. The fire lighter must take all precautions and make sure any fire is safe and secure.