Preparing for bushfire season

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Anyone living near a bushland area needs to understand the potential risk to their property from bushfire and how to reduce that risk. If you live in one of these areas, you need to be FireWise, and know how to protect your home and family.

Learn and plan

Take the time now to learn about the characteristics of bushfires and how they are controlled. To determine the level of bushfire risk to your property, use this Bushfire Household Assessment Tool.

You need to be aware of the NSW Rural Fire Service Neighbourhood Safer Places in your area and note them in your Bush Fire Survival Plan. You should also know how to get there, as well as alternate routes in case the road is blocked or too dangerous to drive on.

You could also get involved in your local Bushfire Management Committee which provide a forum for cooperative and coordinated bushfire management.

Make a plan

Download a copy of the Rural Fire Service Bushfire Survival Plan. Make some time to sit down with your family and develop your own plan. Complete it before the bushfire season. Don't risk the lives of your family - be prepared.

Keep yourself informed

  • Know what the fire danger rating is for your area
  • Watch for signs of fire, especially smoke and flames
  • If you receive a Bushfire Alert, take it seriously and act promptly, and
  • Look and listen for information on TV, radio, the internet, mobile phones and from your neighbours

Measures to prepare your home and property

  • Begin by identifying the potential fire risks around your home
  • On days of catastrophic fire danger, the safest option is for you and your family to leave early. Even well prepared and constructed homes will not be safe
  • On days of extreme fire danger, leaving early will always be the safest option for you and your family; and
  • Staying and defending should only be considered if your home is well prepared, specifically designed and constructed for bushfire, and you are capable of actively defending it.

The RFS Bush Fire Household Assessment Tool from the NSW Rural Fire Service website will help you make an informed decision.

Stay or go – the plan

Every household needs to decide if they are going to leave early, or stay and defend their Well Prepared Property.

  • If you are going to leave - prepare for where you are going, how you are going to get there and what you are going to take
  • If you are going to stay, you must have a plan for how you are going to survive and where you will shelter, and
  • Have a contingency plan in case things don't go as you expect

Act decisively

Fires can threaten suddenly and without warning so you must be prepared to act without receiving any emergency warning.

You need to act decisively in accordance with your bushfire survival plan when bushfires threaten.

Vegetation burning

Residents are able to manage vegetation on their land in accordance with the Notice of approval to burn dead and dry vegetation, issued by the former Wyong Shire Council.  

Before undertaking any vegetation management on your property, please consult the advice for landowners- vegetation burning guide and the standards for pile burning in NSW put together by the Rural Fire Service (RFS). 

Please note that the bush fire danger period has been extended for the 2018-19 fire season and commenced on 1 September 2018. All burning activities undertaken during the bush fire danger period require a fire permit. Please contact your local Rural Fire Control Centre or Fire and Rescue station for further information on obtaining a permit. 

Vegetation burning

Residents and landowners are not permitted to burn vegetation in accordance with the Protection of the Environment Operations (Clean Air) Regulation 2010.

Please note that the bush fire danger period has been extended for the 2018-19 fire season and commenced on 1 September 2018. All burning activities undertaken during the bush fire danger period require a fire permit. Please contact your local Rural Fire Control Centre or Fire and Rescue station for further information on obtaining a permit. 

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Last updated : Thu 2 Aug 2018