Current bushfire situation
Natural disaster declarations
- Emergency: 000
- For evacuation and relocation enquiries contact NSW Rural Fire Service Bushfire information Line: 1800 679 737
Last update: 30 October 2013
The Department of Primary Industries is undertaking agriculture damage assessments to determine damage to farm infrastructure and livestock losses, following fires in the Sydney, Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley, Central Coast and Illawarra regions.
Blue Mountains animal evacuation centres are now closed. Participating and supporting agencies are continuing to rescue and care for wildlife.
During the Blue Mountains fires, more than 800 companion animals were cared for at evacuation centres, including horses, dogs, cats, alpacas, goats, rabbits and birds.
For assistance or further information please contact the NSW Rural Fire Service on 1800 679 737.
Preparing for fires
- Prepare your bush fire survival plan (www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/)
- Prepare fuel reduced places where livestock can be moved to during an emergency to give them the greatest chance of survival.
- Ensure firebreaks are mown, ploughed, slashed or grazed along fence lines and around your home, shed and storage areas.
- Seal under floor spaces to stop embers entering infrastructure.
- Have water tanks filled and connected to a pump for fire fighting in case a fire is on your property.
- Have a diesel pump. Electric pumps won’t work during a fire if the power goes out.
- Store things like fuel or woodpiles well away from your house.
- Check the access to your property. Ensure cattle grids or bridges can hold the weight of a fire truck.
- Make sure you’ve got adequate levels of insurance for your home, contents, machinery and crops or stock.
- Consider fire proofing your stock watering systems (e.g. bury poly pipe)
More information and resources to help manage and prepare for Bushfires.