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Guy Fawkes bonfires head to Midway Beach

1 Nov 2016

Guy Fawkes bonfires head to Midway Beach

If you're planning a bonfire this Guy Fawkes night, head to Midway Beach.

A special permit has been granted for the stretch of beach between Midway Surf Life Saving Club down to the “Green Light” for Saturday November 5 only, from 6pm to midnight.

There's plenty of wood along the beach in this area, and residents are encouraged to make the most of this once-a-year opportunity, says principal rural fire officer Ray Dever.

Bonfires are not permitted on other beaches in the Gisborne district except, at this stage, for Tolaga Bay, Tokomaru Bay and Te Araroa where the opportunity will be taken to burn some of the slash on the beach, under the control of the Fire Service.

No other permits will be issued for bonfires including those on private property.

“All year round a restricted fire season is in place in Gisborne city, rural urban areas and the district’s beaches,” said Mr Dever.

“Therefore fire permits are required for all fires except gas barbecues and gas cookers. Fires are not permitted after dark.”

For any fires, including open fires, incinerators, hangi and umu, you must have a fire permit.

You can apply for a permit on our website or from customer service at 39 Gladstone Road or Te Puia Springs. Permits take up to 3 days to issue and are free of charge.

Here’s more information about rural fire and applying for a permit