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Living so close to the beautiful bush, fire is an integral part of our lives on the Beaches.

Bushfire is also important for ecology. Burning methods having shaped natural environment ecosystems over thousands of years and many of our plants are reliant on bushfire to regenerate and maintain their health.

Council works to reduce the risk of bushfire in our bushland reserves to protect life and property and to conserve biodiversity.

The risk of bushfires cannot be eliminated, but their impact can be reduced by effective planning, bush fire management and working together as a whole community.

Council’s Role in Bushfire Management

Council’s bushfire management is guided by the Northern Beaches Bushfire Risk Management Plan. The Plan is a strategic document that identifies community assets at risk and sets out a five-year program of coordinated multi-agency treatments to reduce the risk of bushfire to assets.

The Bush Fire Management Committee is responsible for preparation of the Risk Plan. Members of the Committee include Northern Beaches Council, the NSW Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue NSW, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Crown Lands and NSW Police.

Council undertakes a range of activities to reduce bushfire risk, including: fire trail maintenance, vegetation maintenance, community education, maintaining controls on development and assisting the Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW to undertake hazard reduction measures through the prescribed burning.

Check what prescribed burns are in your area.

Warriewood Headland controlled burn - image © Fire and Rescue NSW

Bushfire Dynamics

Understanding why fires start and how they burn can help us prepare for and manage bushfires.

Bushfire Survival Planning

If you are experiencing a bushfire emergency, call Triple Zero (000) The threat of bushfire is high this summer. Make sure your home and family are...

Bushfire Impact on Plants and Animals

Bushfire can have a positive and a negative impact on native plants and animals.

Prescribed Burns

An annual prescribed burn program is developed to plan and carry out strategic prescribed burns.