Frequently Ask Questions

How can Bush fires be prevented?

Things you can do to help include: regularly mowing the grass and raking up leaves. removing weeds and pruning bushes and trees. keeping garden beds moist through mulching or other non-flammable ground covers like pebbles. regularly clearing leaves from gutters,...

Who is eligible for bushfire relief?

If you're a small business or not-for-profit organization that has suffered direct damage to premises or equipment as a result of the NSW 2019–2020 bushfire event (beginning in August 2019), you may be eligible for a bushfire recovery grant.

What should you not do during a bushfire?

Do not shelter from radiant heat inside your car, a swimming pool, or a water tank - these do not provide adequate protection from radiant heat or smoke. Before, during, and after a bushfire, it is important that you keep informed about emergencies that may be...

How can I get money from bushfire relief?

2019/20 bushfire relief Complete the Disaster Assistance Finder to find out what support you are eligible for. For further assistance phone the Bushfire Customer Care Service on 13 77 88 or visit a Service NSW Centre or Mobile Service Centre visiting bushfire-affected...

Are fires in Australia under control?

The fires that burned for months over much of eastern Australia have finally been brought under control, helped by days of intense rain. But the recovery remains a long-term effort. MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: ... Heavy rains, cooler temperatures, have helped douse the...

Why is Australia fire so bad?

Why are the fires so bad? Australia's deadly fires have been fuelled by a combination of extreme heat, prolonged drought, and strong winds. The country is in the grip of a heatwave, with record-breaking temperatures over the last three months. ... Authorities say that...

How does a bushfire kill you?

They usually die without the flames even touching their exposed skin. The real risks of bushfire are dehydration and heatstroke which can lead to unconsciousness and death. If you put your hand near an open flame, an electric heater element, or electric light bulb,...

How long do bushfires last?

Bushfires are generally slower-moving, but have a higher heat output. This means they pass in two to five minutes, but they can smolder for days. Fire in the crown of the tree canopy can move rapidly. Bushfires are an intrinsic part of Australia's environment.

What to do if a bushfire is near?

Before the fire, the front arrives Alert family and neighbors. Bring pets inside. Dress in protective clothing. Shut all doors and windows. Full bath, sinks, and buckets with water. Place wet towels in any crevices, such as gaps under doors. Take curtains down and...