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Get ready now for high temperatures and increased fire danger

With temperatures soaring across the state the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is urging residents to get ready now for periods of high temperatures and increased fire danger over the summer period.
Commissioner Fitzsimmons said “Preparation is the key and we need families and households to make and discuss their bush fire survival plan so everyone knows what they need to do in the event that a fire threatens.”

The NSW RFS recommends people living in bush fire prone areas to get ready now:

  • Make or review your bush fire survival plan (external link) - decide now what you'll do if a fire starts near you. Have the conversation with your family and know where you’ll go, what you’ll take and what you’ll do with animals.

  • Check the Fire Danger Rating (external link) for your area - whilst traveling look out for the roadside signs and know the fire danger rating.The higher the fire danger rating, the more dangerous the conditions.

  • Stay up to date on fires in your area - check the NSW RFS website (external link) or the Fires Near Me app for fires in your area.

  • Visit My Fire Plan (external link) for simple tips on getting ready for this bush fire season.

Anyone who sees an unattended fire should call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

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Fires Near Me

The Fires Near Me NSW application has recently been updated. You need to check if you’ve got the latest version of the application installed.

If you are having problems with the Fires Near Me App please Click Here (external link)

Get Ready Weekend 2017

Even though 'Get Ready' weekend is over it's still important to be prepared and ready for bush fires.

IT’S A FACT! If you follow the five simple steps to getting ready and have a bush fire survival plan you will reduce the risk to you and your home.

Working together we can all help make our communities safer this bush fire season.

Top five actions

Don't know where to start? You can:

1 TRIM overhanging trees and shrubs.

2 MOW your lawn and remove all the cut grass.

3 REMOVE material that can burn around your home (e.g. door mats, wood piles, mulch, leaves, outdoor furniture).

4 CLEAR and remove all the debris and leaves from the gutters surrounding your home.

5 PREPARE a hose or hoses that can stretch all around the house.

Just a few small actions now could make all the difference if fire threatens your home.

Take a few moments out of your weekend to make a start towards preparing. It might be easier than you think!

Residents urged to take part in online research

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) and Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre are conducting research in to recent fire conditions and are encouraging residents across NSW to take part.

This research will help the NSW RFS and other fire services across the country better understand the community’s perception of the bush fire risk and how people prepare for it.

If you would like to take part access the online survey here : Online Research (external link)

NEW Bush Fire Survival Plan (External Link)

Four Simple Steps to making your Bush Fire Survival Plan

Hard copies available at :
Wingecarribee Shire Council Civic Centre,

Elizabeth St Moss Vale

Fire Control Centre Mittagong (Rural Fire Service),

Cnr Priestly and Etheridge St Mittagong.

Bush Fire Survival Plan (External Link)

Climate outlook overview for March - May 2017

The Bureau of Meteorology has released the climate forecast for March - May 2017.

- Autumn (March to May) rainfall is likely to be below average over the southern two-thirds of Australia.
- March is likely to be hotter and drier than average across most of Australia, except the far north and west.
- Warmer autumn days and nights are likely across most of Australia, except northwest Australia where days and nights are likely to be cooler than average.
- The drier than average outlooks are likely a result of forecast higher than normal pressure across western and southern Australia, meaning fewer rain-bearing systems are likely to cross the coast

Climate and Water Outlook, March–May 2017(external link)

More rain, more risk: Prepare for Bush Fire Season (external link)

What does this mean?

  • Above average rainfall may lead to an increase in fuel loads. This means that there is a greater build-up of vegetation which also means an increase in surface fuel. 
  • These factors may increase the possibility of erratic and significant fire behaviour later in the season.
  • What can we do to be prepared and keep safe during the Bush fire danger period?

Be Prepared

  • Know your risk - you don't have to live right near the bush to be at risk. Even if your home is a few streets back, you may be at risk.
  • Download and complete your Bush Fire Survival Plan 
Every home should have one. Make a plan and talk about it.
If you already have a plan, review, discuss and practice your bush fire survival plan 

  • Prepare your property and home - 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.

  • Prepare yourself and your family as well as having a bush fire survival plan this includes making sure you consider your physical, mental and emotional preparedness.

Prepare an emergency kit
Have suitable clothes ready to wear

Be informed

  • Know what the Fire Danger Rating is and understand what the different alert levels mean
  • Decide and discuss what your ‘triggers’ are to implement your Bush Fire Survival Plan 
  • Know your neighbours and Community discuss what your plan is in the event of a bush fire 
  • Keep yourself informed on days of increased fire danger.
  • Go to the RFS Hazard Reduction website to inform you of planned hazard reduction burns in your area.
  • Check out the RFS Fires Near Me webpage or download the APP for current incidents
  • Pay attention to local radio and TV stations 
  • Check social media such as NSW RFS Facebook and NSW RFS Twitter
  • Call the Bush Fire Information Line - 1800 679 737
If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech impairment
  • contact the National Relay Service TTY users phone 1800 555 677 then ask for 1800 679 737
Speak and Listen users phone 1800 555 727 then ask for 1800 679 737
Internet relay users connect to the NRS then ask for 1800 679 737

Help to keep our Community Safe

  • Report a bush fire hazard - if you are concerned about bush fire hazards on your property, or the property adjacent to you, the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) can provide advice regarding preparing your property against bush fires and what you have to do in the event of a bush fire. This advice is free and can be arranged by contacting your local NSW RFS Fire Control Centre on 4868 5500 and speaking with one of the officers. 

  • If you see a fire without a fire truck in attendance, please call Triple Zero (000).

  • Report arson. If you see something that looks out of place you can report suspicious behaviour to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. If you can, record the details of vehicles such as the make, model and registration of suspicious vehicles. Also take note of the appearance of anyone acting suspiciously.

  • Report a cigarette butt tosser. You can call 1800 679 737. Throwing lit cigarette butts from cars and trucks is dangerous. Cigarettes can start bush and grass fires, and place lives at risk. It's also bad for the environment.

For all Bush Fire Information please go to the Rural Fire Service web site at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au (external link)

Last Updated: March 7th, 2018
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