Bush Fire Risk Management

The Newcastle Bush Fire Risk Management Plan 2012 has been created as a requirement under the Rural Fires Act 1997 to identify community assets at risk of fire, and sets out a five-year program of coordinated multi-agency treatments to reduce the risk of bush fire to these assets.

The plan includes a list of assets and properties identified as areas of risk and outlines the treatment methods used to reduce these risks such as the creation and clearing of Asset Protection Zones (APZ’s) and Hazard Reduction Burns (HRBs).

 View the   Newcastle Bush Fire Risk Management Plan 2012 (pdf)

  1.  Map 1 - North Newcastle bush fire risk (pdf)
  2.  Map 2 - South West Newcastle bush fire risk (pdf)
  3.  Map 3 - South East Newcastle bush fire risk (pdf)

What to do if there is a bush fire

In the event of a bush fire please contact 000 and provide details as requested by the operator.

Visit also the  NSW Rural Fire Service  or  Fire & Rescue NSW  for more information.

Total fire bans and bush fire season

Total fire bans are declared by the Rural Fire Brigade Commissioner on days of extreme fire danger caused by a combination of weather conditions and dry vegetation.

The bush fire season is from the 1 October to 1 March.

How can you reduce bush fire hazard around your home

All home owners that adjoin bushland reserves are responsible for ensuring their property is protected from bush fire.

You can make a list of potential bush fire hazards that are located around your property. A bush fire hazard exists wherever there is bush fire fuel, i.e. combustible material. Wood piles, wooden sheds and stacked flammable building material increase vulnerability to bush fires. If any of these materials are stored next to or under your house you should consider removing them to a safer place away from your home.

You can reduce the spread, speed and heat of a bush fire by preparing your property. These preparations must begin well before the bush fire season.

Managing bushland

Managing bushland reserves to assist in minimising the threat of fire is an ongoing responsibility of The City of Newcastle. Not every bushland reserve is fire prone, nor does every bushland reserve pose a bush fire threat.

The most appropriate mechanism is the establishment of an Asset Protection Area (APZ). These APZ’s are located between the fire threat (bushland) and the adjoining properties. The establishment and maintenance of these APZ’s is the responsibility of Newcastle Council.

The management of Council’s APZ’s requires cooperation from neighbouring properties. General garden waste dumping and illegal storage of materials within these areas reduces the effectiveness of the APZ to provide quick access for fire fighting agencies in the event of a bush fire. Stored or dumped materials in the APZ can increase a fire risk due to the combustible nature of these materials.