During 1 May to 31 August each year, specific burning rules apply to orchard properties both within and outside the Napier and Hastings Airsheds.
Some local Councillors are very keen to ban all open fires on orchards so it is critical that the industry adheres to good practices, if we want to retain our current privileges as an industry.
There are a number of alternatives to burning currently being used for orchard redevelopment, for example large commercial wood chippers and mulching.
Hawke’s Bay Fruit Growers’ Association is working closely with Council and other stakeholder groups to help review current best practice guidelines for this winter.
In the meantime please follow these basic rules:
- Only burn dry wood (wet wood produces a lot more smoke)
- Don’t burn any plastics including string and twine
- Don’t burn prunings
- Don’t burn on very still days with little air movement and avoid cold morning when inversion layers can keep smoke close to the ground
- Keep fires burning hot (hot fires typically produce less smoke)
- Seek advice from the fire department before lighting larger fires