To help you stay in touch and stay safe, we’ve pulled together the most important bushfire and safety information below. Check back in here regularly for fire map updates, announcements from the Rural Fire Service and emergency services, as well as safety tips.
Where the Fires are Located – Live Updates
NSW Rural Fire Service Advice – Saturday, January 3
Today will bring dangerous fire conditions across much of southern NSW. Conditions will deteriorate quickly this morning. If you are not already in a safe place, leave now. More information is here: https://t.co/0RtsGdTTtI #nswrfs #nswfires pic.twitter.com/pUEpmAssST
— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) January 3, 2020
Follow NSW RFS updates via their Twitter feed below.
The Important Phone Numbers
In an emergency call Triple Zero (000)
Bush Fire Information Line – 1800 NSW RFS (1800 679 737)
If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech impairment, contact the NSW RFS through the National Relay Service
- TTY users phone 1800 555 677 then ask for 1800 679 737
- Speak and Listen users phone 1800 555 727 then ask for 1800 679 737
- Internet relay users connect to the NRS then ask for 1800 679 737
- To report a fire or emergency (TTY users only), access TTY 106
National Park and State Forest Closures
As at January 4, all national parks including tracks, trails and campgrounds on the NSW south coast and Kosciuszko National Park are currently CLOSED until further notice. Several national parks and campgrounds in Greater Sydney as well as all tracks and trails will also be closed until further notice, including the Royal National Park. For updates, check the National Parks website. Many State forests are also closed as of January 2, including all State forests from north of Sydney to the Queensland border, and all State forests from south of Sydney to the Victorian border, as well as all on the Northern and Southern Tablelands, and many in regional areas.
Some exceptions to these closures include the following forests which remain open as at January 2nd (however please check the latest updates before travelling):
- Crooked Creek Rest Area, east of Tenterfield
- Sealy Lookout, including Coffs Treetops, near Coffs Harbour
- Old Bottlebutt near Port Macquarie
- Strickland State Forest near Gosford
- Treetop Adventure Park, Ourimbah State Forest
- Penrose State Forest Rest Area
- Macquarie Woods Recreation Area remains open to existing campers only.
Check the State Forests website for all the latest State forest closure info.
Have You Made Your Bushfire Plan? How Fireproof is Your Plan?
Take the NSW Rural Fire Service 5-minute preparation questionnaire to make sure you and your loved ones are ready in the event of an emergency.
NSW State and Emergency Service also provides information on planning and preparing for you, your family, animals and pets.
Aid and Recovery
To apply for Commonwealth State Disaster Recovery Funding – https://www.raa.nsw.gov.au/
Disaster Assistance – https://www.disasterassist.gov.au/Pages/home.aspx
Legal Support – http://www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au/
NSW Emergency Information – https://www.emergency.nsw.gov.au/
For general info regarding insurance – call 1800 734 621 or head to http://www.disasters.org.au/
For help in rural areas with fencing and livestock – https://blazeaid.com.au/
Helpful Resources in recovering from an emergency – https://www.redcross.org.au/emergency-resources#recover-from-disasters
Looking After Your Pets
PetSafe Australia have provided 4 tips on how to keep your pets safe this fire season
Asthma Australia – Breathe Better in Smoky Weather
Asthma sufferers are being encouraged to keep their relief medication on hand