Managing fire in parks and reserves
NSW National Parks (NPWS) adopts a strategic approach to managing fires in parks and reserves including research, planning, hazard reduction, rapid response firefighting crews and community alerts.
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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. Learn more about how fire affects native plants and animals.
NPWS has access to more than 1,200 trained firefighters. Variations to the number of staff available at any given time can occur as staff undertake the ongoing necessary accreditations required to safely undertake fire management activities. Read more about managing wildfires.
Fire safety, alerts and closures
Always check with a local NPWS office and see current alerts on the NPWS website for information on closed parks, safety alerts and fire bans, before you visit a national park or reserve.
Fire management programs
NPWS, in consultation with the community and other organisations, develop fire management strategies outlining plans of action for use in the unfortunate event of a fire. The plans cover the protection and conservation of wildlife and property and extend across all NSW national parks.
NPWS works closely with NSW Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue NSW, Forestry Corporation of NSW, Sydney Catchment Authority, and neighbours of NSW national parks to coordinate fire management strategies which identify community and environmental assets at risk from fire, and outline plans to reduce these risks.
The type of strategy developed for each park varies according to the complexity of the park’s fire management issues. These strategies go through a formal draft stage, and after NSW National Parks has considered all draft submissions, the strategies are placed on public exhibition so members of the public can read and comment on the drafts before they’re finalised and adopted.
- Hazard reduction program
- Our firefighters
- Planning for fire
- Protecting life and property
- Understanding bushfires
- Vegetation, fire and climate change in Greater Blue Mountains Area
- Warrumbungle after-fire mobile apps
- Warrumbungle National Park after-fire program
- Warrumbungle National Park after-fire soil erosion and water quality
- Warrumbungle National Park after-fire vegetation recovery
- Warrumbungle National Park animal conservation after fire
- Warrumbungle National Park citizen science
- Warrumbungle National Park cultural heritage program
- Warrumbungle National Park fire behaviour program
- Warrumbungle National Park fire knowledge management
- Warrumbungle National Park fire management program