Batemans Bay Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade can help provide some much needed advice

For general advice on your Bush Fire Survival Plan go to the RFS website:


Download the “Fires near me” app on your mobile phone to monitor fires or be alerted to fires in the area.


Another great app is: “My Fire Plan” which gives you a fantastic model to base you Bush Fire Survival Plan on.


For more local advice on "neighbourhood safer places" particular to the Batemans Bay Area


Living with the bush is part of living in New South Wales

..............but so is living with the risk of fire.

A bush or grass fire can happen at any time of the year but the risk is higher during the warmer months, when bush, grass or scrub is drier.

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.

You can check for bush fire prone land in your area on your local council website. Look for your Bush Fire Prone Land Map.

Think about the area you live in

I live in an area surrounded by bush

What to expect:

  • Fires in dense bushland can be very hot, intense and fast moving

  • Burning embers may be blown from the bush, landing on your property and starting spot fires or setting fire to your home

  • Embers may land for many hours even after the main fire front has passed

  • Smoke and fire may affect driveways or homes, making it difficult to leave

The radiant heat from a fire nearby may set fire to your home or surrounds

I live near the coast

What to expect:

  • Burning scrub or coastal heath can be very hot and burn very quickly

  • Fires burning in coastal areas can reach homes quickly

  • Access may be difficult, especially if roads in the area are busy or blocked

Burning embers may be blown from the fire towards your home, starting spot fires

I live in an area where the bush or grasslands meet built-up areas

What to expect:

  • Fires can spread quickly from parks and reserves, threatening your home, fences or gardens

  • Thick smoke from the fire might make it difficult to see or breathe

  • Even if you live a few streets back from the bush, you are at risk from ember attack

Burning embers can travel through the air, setting fire to homes a few streets back from the bush

I live close to grassland or paddocks

What to expect:

  • Grass fires can start easily and spread quickly, not only destroying homes but also crops and livelihoods

  • Grass fires are very hot and can produce huge amounts of heat which can kill anyone out in the open

  • As grass dries out or cures, it can catch fire more easily

  • Fires in tall grass will have tall flames that may burn across trails, roads or fire breaks

Grass fires can move much faster than a bush fire, catching people off guard

Fire behaviour

There are a number of things which can affect the way a fire burns, including:

  • Slope – a fire travelling uphill will travel faster. In fact, for every 10 degrees of slope, a fire can double its speed. As a fire speeds up, it becomes more intense and more dangerous.

  • Vegetation – smaller items such as twigs, branches and leaves are known as 'fine fuels'. These can burn very easily. Burning bark, twigs and leaves can also be blown in the wind.

  • Weather – when it's hot, dry and windy, fires can be more intense and unpredictable. Strong winds can send a fire in different directions and cause burning embers to be blown through the air.


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