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Bushfire emergencies are managed by the NSW Rural Fire Service.

Have your say on the Bush Fire Risk Management Plan

The Bush Fire Risk Management Plan is a strategic document that identifies community assets at risk and sets out a five-year program of coordinated multi-agency treatments, with the aim of reducing bush fire risk to the local area.

The importance of having a robust plan was highlighted during April 2018, when a large bush fire affected the Menai area - a combination of measures implemented before the fire resulted in minimal damage or loss occurring to the community.

An essential component in reviewing and updating the Plan is receiving input from the community. It is the community which is often most at risk from bush fire due to proximity to bushland, and community input early in the planning process is invaluable.

Please submit your comments relating to bush fire management in the Sutherland Shire by emailing sutherland@rfs.nsw.gov.au with feedback closing on 1 December 2020.

Download the current Plan here.

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Preparing for Bushfire

Bushfires can happen at any time and the risks are heightened during the warmer months. Sutherland Shire is surrounded by bushland it is vital that you understand the risks within your area and have a plan to protect yourself and your family should an emergency occur.

The NSW rural fire Service provides information and resources on how to prepare your home for a bushfire, and create a survival plan for yourself and your family. https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare

Is your home located on bushfire prone land?

Have you considered what you will do with your pets?

The Australian Red Cross has put together a handy emergency kit checklist.

During an Emergency

During an emergency, it is important to stay alert and stay calm. Ensure that you always follow the directions of NSW Rural Fire Services and emergency services and adapt to a changing situation.

Make sure your emergency survival plan is in place.

Australia has an Emergency Alert Telephone Warning system. In an emergency you may get a call or text from this system, you do not need to sign up to get emergency alerts.

Read more about Council’s Role in an emergency

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After an Emergency

Council will provide updates on the emergency recovery once the danger has passed.

For a list of Emergency Recovery Contacts click here.

Fire Danger Ratings and Total Fire Bans

The NSW Rural Fire Service issue fire danger ratings which give an indication of the possible consequences of a fire should one start. Check the danger rating here.

The NSW Rural Fire service is also the authority that issues Total Fire Bans, as a way to reduce risk of fires flaring up on high fire danger days. A total Fire Ban means no fires are allowed in the open, brush up on the rules of a fire ban here.

Breaches of the total fire band should be reported to NSW Police.

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Bushfire Warnings

During a bushfire alert levels are issued by the NSW Rural Fire Service to provide an indication of the level of threat from a fire. To learn about what the alert levels mean and what course of action to take, visit the NSW Rural Fire Service. It’s also a good idea to keep an eye on Fires Near Me via: https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me or download the ios devices or android devices  app so you can keep on top of warnings.

Changed Traffic Conditions

Bushfires often impact local roads and transport so keep an eye on Live traffic for updates on the traffic situation.

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Air Quality

Bushfire Smoke has, in recent seasons impacted air quality, creating a hazard for those suffering from asthma and other respiratory issues. Air quality alerts are issued by NSW Planning, Industry and Environment. creating a hazard for those suffering from asthma and other respiratory issues. If possible stay indoors, keep cool and hydrated. Monitor children and pets for signs of heat stress.

National Parks

Sutherland Shire is surrounded by National Park, in the event of a fire or high fire danger NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services may close parks, trails, campgrounds to visitors. Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services for details.

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