Photo: Nikki Heath / Wanaka Sun. The January 3 fire on Wanaka's Mt Alpha has cost Fire and Emergency New Zealand at least $500,000 in firefighting costs so far, principal rural fire officer Graeme Still says. Contact us In the event of an emergency. (2) The brigade was established 1953. Currently 33 Volunteer Firefighters, Attending approximately 175 calls a year. Anything which could cause loss of life, serious injury or loss of property is a fire emergency. Moving to our new station in 2016 we are excited to move forward in an incredible facility. If you need help from Fire and Emergency New Zealand, call 111 immediately. Total fire ban in place . Fires are to be banned in Central Otago as a forecasted extreme fire danger looms for the parched region. There's a total fire ban in Rangitīkei from 8am on Wednesday, February 12, and all existing fire permits have been suspended. Nearby. Outdoor fires are still being lit in the local area despite a total ban and warnings of the damage they could cause. Fire ban ignored . Find out what you need to do before you light a fire outdoors and whether you need a fire permit. 6 of 6 Tim Pierce As massive flames threatened to overwhelm their Wanaka homes, panicked and … Image: Fire at Meadow Hut (8 Jan 2018). Otago Fire Emergency NZ has announced that a Prohibited Fire Season is declared from tomorrow (December 23) covering all areas within the Lakes Zone of the Otago Fire District until further notice. Cover image: Dry farmland in Wanaka (Dec 2017). If you can't decide if it's a real emergency and you're still worried, call 111 and ask the operator. Wanaka, Wanaka Wanaka newsletter. Stay safe and reduce the risk of fire over summer. Two appliances, 851, 857 & one support vehicle 8526.

Photo: Stephanie Combe. Wanaka; Wanaka Volunteer Fire Brigade; Established 1953. The bush fire which threatened houses in Wanaka early this morning. Queenstown Lakes District, ... Central Otago fire ban declared as extreme fire danger looms Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Wānaka News.