Bushfires are a common and natural occurrence in NSW and Australia in general. Planning for bushfires can save your life and/or the lives of your family and animals.
If you own or manage land, then you are legally responsible for minimising the risks. The Rural Fires Act 1997 states that land managers and owners are responsible for carrying out hazard reduction to protect existing dwellings, major buildings and other assets susceptible to fire.
Bushfire Survival Plan
Being fully prepared for a bushfire can help you protect yourself, your family, your livestock and your property. It is recommended that you create a bushfire survival plan well before the fire season begins.
The NSW Rural Fire Service and the NSW State Emergency Services both offer clear instructions and information about the best way to create a plan. You can even download a MyFirePlan app from iTunes to help you be prepared.
Fire Bans and Permits
Knowing what the fire restrictions are in your region is essential. The NSW Rural Fire Service often adjusts these restrictions to accommodate the weather and environment.
For information about current fire emergencies call the Rural Fire Services hotline on 1800 679 737 or download the NSW Rural Fire Service Fires Near Me app for iTunes or Android.
How we can help
Local Land Services offer localised support to farmers and landholders to support prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. We are on hand to offer advice and up to date information. Call Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.