Bush Fire

Bush Fire

The lead agency for response to bush fire is NSW RFS and Fire & Rescue NSW (in urban areas)

Fire is a natural part of the Australian environment. With lightning and Indigenous burning methods having shaped natural environment ecosystems over thousands of years, many of our plants are reliant on bush fire to regenerate and maintain their health.

Understanding why fires start and how they burn can help us prepare for and manage bush fires. How quickly a fire spreads and how intensely it burns depends on the type of fuel, topography and the weather. Bush fires usually occur where the weather is hot and dry.

The direction that a landscape faces can affect how a fire moves. On the Northern Beaches, west-facing slopes are the hottest and driest. The vegetation is more flammable, but these plants are more fire tolerant. South-facing slopes are usually cooler, wetter and have less flammable vegetation.

We all need to be prepared and the Rural Fire Service(Opens in a new window) (RFS) can help with advice and information on hazard reduction burning, current bush fire alerts and planning.

Know your risk

Check if your property is in bush fire prone area on the hazards map.

Specific bush fire risk information is available within the Warringah Pittwater  and Manly Bush Fire Risk Management Plans.

Bush fire inspections

If you worry that vegetation on nearby land may be a bush fire risk, you can request an RFS inspection by calling 9450 3000, emailing or by filling out a bush fire hazard report online form.

Have a plan

Prepare your Bush Fire Survival Plan. It will help you to plan what you would do in a bush fire, including whether to leave early to get to a safer place. It also helps you to prepare yourself and your home to make your situation safer. Understanding the bush fire alert levels and having critical equipment, safety gear and information on hand ensures that you have taken essential precautions.

Prepare your home and property

A well prepared home is more likely to survive a bush fire. Even if your plan is to leave early, the more you prepare your home, the more likely it will survive a bush fire or ember attack. A well prepared home can also be easier for you or firefighters to defend, and is less likely to put your neighbours’ homes at risk. A well prepared home will also give you more protection if a fire threatens suddenly and you cannot leave

If you are concerned about a bush fire hazard on private or public property, contact the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Northern Beaches District office on 9450 3000 or log online on the RFS website. Once you raise a request, the RFS Community Safety Officer will complete a site visit and advise the resident and Council if remedial works are required.

If you are planning on spending leisure time within bushland areas on the Northern Beaches, please be safe and check the following conditions:

During a bush fire or when a Fire Weather Warning is issued

After a bush fire

  • There are many issues that you will need to consider after a bush fire(Opens in a new window), including contacting fire emergency services, getting information and updates about your property, assessing property damage and insurance, understanding the status of your local utilities including electricity, water etc.
  • There are a number of assistance schemes available to those in areas declared natural disasters, including personal hardship, assistance for small business and assistance for local councils. Resilience NSW has further information about Disaster Assistance programs(Opens in a new window).

There are also federally funded Recovery Assistance(Opens in a new window) programs.

Source: Northern Beaches Council

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