Bushfire is a fact of life in New South Wales. Our state is one of the most susceptible areas to bushfire in the world.
Bushfires can occur at any time but are most common and severe during the summer and autumn months, from December to March. This is known as the bushfire season. Weather patterns suggest that NSW is becoming warmer and drier and that bushfires may become more frequent and intense.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) carries out hazard reduction burns and other activities to reduce the risk of bushfire in our national parks. However, the threat of bushfire cannot be eliminated and all fire operations in parks can pose a risk for park visitors and neighbours.
If you live in a bushfire-prone area or are planning to visit a national park, make sure that you prepare for the fire season by recognising the bushfire risk and knowing how to respond.
The NSW Rural Fire Service provides specific information on current fire events, warnings and alerts and information on how to prepare yourself and protect your home in the bushfire season.
The NSW NPWS website provides information on fire safety, fire bans and park closures. Before visiting a park, it is important that you check for current fire alerts and notifications of park fire bans, total fire bans and park closures.
Bushfire smoke, hazard reduction burning and health
Hazard reduction burns are planned to have minimal impact on the community and the environment. We consider weather forecasts and conditions when planning a controlled burn and try to limit the impact of smoke on the community. However, some people are affected by smoke more than others.
The NSW Rural Fire Service has information on scheduled hazard reduction burns and the possible impact of smoke on your health.