Bush Fire - Prepare, Act, Survive
Bush Fire Survival Plan
People who live in the Illawarra should take the time to prepare their homes, and themselves, to give them the best chance of surviving a fire. To help, the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) encourages people to assess their home's bush fire risk by using their online assessment tool and to prepare a Bush Fire Survival Plan.
For more information, download NSW Rural Fire Service's Bush Fire Survival Plan.
The RFS also has a list of Neighbourhood Safer Places, where people can shelter as a last resort during a bush fire emergency.
Bush Fire Household Assessment Tool
This tool is provided by the NSW Rural Fire Service to help you to assess your household's level of risk from a bush fire and make informed decisions about the safety of your household.
View more information at NSW Rural Fire Service's Bush Fire Household Assessment Tool.
Fire Danger Ratings
The Fire Danger Rating is an early indicator of the potential danger, should a bush fire start. A Fire Danger Rating needs to be taken seriously and people should be prepared to act. The Fire Danger Rating system now has a new top level category - Catastrophic (Code Red). Catastrophic or Code Red means there is a very real likelihood of major loss of life and property.
Bush fire alert messages
New bush fire alert messages will be used to help people make safe and informed decisions in the event of a fire. The bush fire alert messages are be ranked on a sliding scale depending on the threat.
Total Fire Bans and Fire Permits
In order to limit the number of fires that escape and threaten life, property and the environment, especially on days when it is very hot, dry and windy, the NSW Rural Fire Service can restrict the use of fire through Fire Permits and Total Fire Bans.
Fire Mitigation Measures
One major fire management strategy is the creation of Bushfire Asset Protection Zones (APZs). An APZ is an area of land, adjacent to an asset (this may be a building or area of value), where potential fuel for bushfire is managed to significantly minimise the impact of fire on that asset. It acts as a buffer zone between an asset and the unmanaged bushland. A bushfire may still travel through an APZ, however, less fuel means the intensity of the flames will be reduced and fire fighters and home owners will have safer access to defend the property.
We encourage residents to help maintain these areas through the Fiready program. This community-based program provides support, training, safety equipment and other resources to people carrying out ongoing bushfire fuel management work within the APZ, and in conjunction with Council. Each Fiready group is supported by an experienced Council officer who coordinates the activities of the group, provides materials and equipment, and carries out training and education for group members.
New groups are always welcome. To find out more about the program and how you can become involved please contact council's Bushfire Officer on 0418 4107 98
The group meeting times for existing Fiready groups are as follows.