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Fire and the Australian bush

Through fire research, fire planning, hazard reduction, rapid response firefighting and community alerts, NSW National Parks works to protect life and property.

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NSW is one of the most bushfire-prone areas in the world due to climate, weather systems, vegetation and terrain. Bushfires play an important role in the natural lifecycle of certain Australian native plants. To manage wildfires, NSW National Parks adopts a strategic approach including research, planning, hazard reduction, rapid response firefighting crews and community alerts. NPWS employs over 1,300 firefighters and cooperates with other organisations to help protect life, property and areas of natural and cultural significance.

Fire management programs

Whitegum Lookout, Warrumbungle National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary