Fire in your woodlot Planning to minimise the risks

Palmer, Harriet
May 2007
New Zealand Tree Grower;May2007, Vol. 28 Issue 2, p35
The article discusses woodlot fires, owner liabilities, minimum insurance recommendations and measures to minimize damage to property. While the risk of woodlot fire is statistically low, a forest fire can be financially devastating. According to New Zealand law, the owner of the property where the fire started shall be liable for it and must pay all suppression costs and third party damages. The minimum insurance recommended to woodlot owners include fire suppression costs and a minimum third party cover of $1 million is recommended. As an added safeguard, contractors working on the property should have full insurance coverage. A speedy response from fighting teams is crucial and this can be facilitated by basic A4 information on properties and woodlot property owners.


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