Bushfire Information

Bushfire information


Bushfire season is a time for everyone, particularly those in bushfire prone areas, to exercise care and caution - every year houses, land and workplaces in NSW are threatened by bushfire.

Be aware of bushfires in your area. Make sure you:

  • Watch the weather
  • Monitor the radio for news of a fire's progress
  • Organise yourself well in advance and pre-pack in case of relocation
  • Dress in protective clothing
  • Drink water frequently.

Being well prepared in advance, knowing what to do when bushfire threatens and understanding safety in a bushfire situation are vital in what can be, literally, a life or death situation.

For more information please visit the NSW Rural Fire Service website.

To help you know how to respond to a bushfire on the day, the NSW RFS has created a range of Fact Sheets and Checklists in conjunction with the NSW Fire Brigades, the ACT Rural Fire Service and the ACT Fire Brigade.  If a fire has been identified as having the ability to impact on residential areas  the following have been provided to assist you in ensuring your safety and minimise property damage.

For more information please click on the following links:

  • Fact Sheet 1: Home Bushfire Survival Plan
    For those that live in bushfire prone areas, bushfires are inevitable but they are also survivable. Survive these events by planning and preparing well in advance.
  • Fact Sheet 2: Home Bushfire Preparation
    By following these simple guidelines you can reduce the threat of embers and bushfire affecting your home.
  • Fact Sheet 3: Bushfire Evacuation / Relocation
    During bushfires, lives are most often lost when people make a last minute decision to flee their homes on foot or in a vehicle.
  • Fact Sheet 4: Bushfires - How Do They Affect a Home?
    Ember attack is the major cause of house fires during a bushfire. Properly prepared homes are more likely to survive a bushfire if well prepared able-bodied people remain with their homes to guard against 18ember attack 19 and extinguish spot fires.
  • Fact Sheet 10: Home Fire Safety Checklist
    The RFS recommends this simple safety checklist to assist in keeping your home fire safe.
  • Fact Sheet 12: Home Fire Escape Plan
    Every home and workplace should have a fire escape plan. Accidental home fires by their very nature can catch people unaware. Without an escape plan you are placing your life and your families' lives in jeopardy. For a safer home regularly practice the escape tips outlined in this checklist.
  • Fact Sheet 29: Call Triple Zero (000) To ReportKnowing how to call Triple Zero (000) for a fire emergency can be the difference between life and death, or a building or other property being saved or destroyed. The triple zero (000) service is the quickest way to get the right resources from emergency services to help you and should be used to contact Police, Fire or Ambulance services in life threatening or time critical situations.
  • After the Fire Guide
    How to secure your premises and where to get assistance after a fire.
  • Bushfire Preparedness - Your Pets
    The effects of bush fires on both people and pets can be terrifying and traumatic. To minimise the risks to your family and pets make arrangements for their safety at the start of the Bush Fire Danger Season each year.
  • Bushfire Safety Checklist
    Handy checklist containing tips on what to do when a bushfire approaches, when a bushfire is close, as it passes over, and after the fire.

Source: NSW Rural Fire Service Macarthur Zone Website

Bushfire management

Bush fires are part of the Australian landscape and are classified as a fire involving grass, scrub or forest. Uncontrolled bushfires, or hazard reduction burns on the outskirts of urban areas can significantly increase particle levels in the air and greatly reduce visibility.

Bushfires can present risk to life, property and the environment in the rural and urban areas and while the obvious answer would be to avoid development near bushfire hazards or prevent bushfires from occurring, neither are realistic options as we try to meet the growing demand for land and our understanding of the environmental processes which are dependant on fire.

Local councils have identified bushfire prone areas in collaboration with the Rural Fire Service and these are marked out on maps of the area. When there is a bushfire risk to assets or property (either existing or proposed development) due to forest or grasslands close by, that property is considered to be in a bush fire prone area.

Whether you live on a farm or in a bushland suburb, it is important to understand the risks of bushfire and make preparations accordingly. The NSW Rural Fire Service website has information on how to protect your property from bushfire www.bushfire.nsw.gov.au

Bushfire risk management plan

A Bush Fire Risk Management Plan (BFRMP) is a comprehensive document that maps and describes the level of bush fire risk across an area. The BFRMP identifies assets within the community at risk from bush fire, assesses the level of risk to those assets and establishes treatment options to deal with the risk and who is responsible for carrying out those treatments. The BFRMP is used to determine such things as where mechanical clearing or hazard reduction burns are conducted, which areas require specialised fire protection, and which areas need to be targeted for community education.  

The knowledge and opinions of local people about bush fires, important assets and potential risks is a focus of BFRMPs. Bush Fire Management Committees (BFMCs) will actively seek the opinions of local people through meetings and other communication channels when developing a draft BFRMP. Once developed, the draft plan will be put on public exhibition, and the community will have the opportunity to provide further comment. Once endorsed, a BFRMP is available to the public for viewing.

To view Liverpool City Council's Bushfire Risk Management Plan click here.

Neighbourhood Safer Places (NSP)

Neighbourhood Safer Places (NSP) is a new concept that has evolved out of the tragic Victorian 'Black Saturday' bush fires in February 2009. A Neighbourhood Safer Place (NSP) is a place of last resort for people during a bush fire. It can be part of your contingency plan, for a time when your Bush Fire Survival Plan cannot be implemented or has failed.

An NSP is an identified building or space within the community that can provide a higher level of protection from the immediate life threatening effects of a bush fire. NSP's still entail some risk, both in moving to them and while sheltering in them and cannot be considered completely safe. They are a place of last resort in emergencies only.

For more information and to view Liverpool City Council's Neighbourhood Safer Places click here.

Assist Infirm Disabled and Elderly Residents (AIDER) Fire Safety

The NSW Rural Fire Service AIDER Programme (Assist Infirm Disabled and Elderly Residents) is a one-off free service, supporting vulnerable residents to live more safely and confidently in their home on bush fire prone land.

AIDER services can be provided to vulnerable people who have limited domestic support available from family, relatives, friends or other services. This could include older people, people with disabling conditions and people who are already receiving community assistance and services.

For more information on the AIDER programme click here.