Climate Change is predicted to increase the risk of bushfires due to hotter and drier conditions in the Sydney Catchment . There is an increased risk of frequency, intensity and size of bushfires. The bushfire season may also be extended which means a shorter window period for prescribed burns. Research undertaken by the NSW Government in 2008 found by 2050, Sydney is likely to experience up to 24 per cent more bushfires which could cover an area up to 35 per cent greater.
Prepare for the bushfire season
The Rural Fire Service's Bushfire Survival Plan provides easy to understand information on:
- Preparing for the bushfire season
- What to do in a bushfire
- Surviving a bushfire
Visit the NSW Rural Fire Service website to work out your current level of risk.
During a bushfire
In the event of a bushfire or other disaster, contact the local police on 9414 8499 for district evacuation plans.
If you are disabled or elderly or unsure about staying, evacuate early. Do not try to evacuate too late.