Bushfire can be a threat to life and property, even in urban areas. There are many things you can do to ensure your property is fire safe and fire ready. For more information visit NSW Rural Fire Service.

From time to time, controlled burns may be carried out in our reserves. A controlled burn is a deliberately lit, low intensity burn that is carefully managed by the NSW Rural Fire Service.  

An unplanned fire has the potential to threaten homes. If you see smoke coming from a Council reserve and you have not been advised there is a controlled burn occurring, please call Triple Zero (000). 

What we're doing

Staff from Council’s Open Spaces Team sit on the Bushfire Management Committee who oversee and manage Bushfire risk across the region. 

The Bushland Management Team carry out regular maintenance on Asset Protection Zones (APZs) around our bushland perimeters where they are adjacent to houses and other assets. Council is also collaborating with Fire and Rescue NSW to develop a 5-year plan of management looking at hazard reduction works across the city in bushland areas. 

Council will close Blackbutt and Bass Point Reserves in the event of a Total Fire Ban in Shellharbour and monitor key sites on these days. The closure of these areas during a Total Fire Ban is necessary for public safety as there is limited access in the case of a fire. It will also reduce the potential for fires developing. 

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Know your risk

You don't have to live right near the bush to be at risk.
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Fire Danger Ratings

Fire Danger Ratings give you an indication of the impact of a fire, if one was to start. The higher the fire danger rating, the more dangerous the conditions.
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Alert Levels

During a bush fire, the three Alert Levels are used to give you an indication of the level of threat from a fire.
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Stay Connected

It’s important that you stay up to date on conditions in your area and don’t rely on just one source for information.
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Prepare your home

A well-prepared home can make it easier for you or firefighters to defend and is less likely to put your neighbours' homes at risk.
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Prepare yourself and family

Preparation isn't just about cleaning up and having a bush fire survival plan. It's also about making sure you consider your physical, mental and emotional preparedness.
Last updated : Mon 23 Oct 2023