In extreme fire conditions park infrastructure, such as picnic tables, sheds and toilets may be damaged. Sometimes adjoining private property, such as sheds, fences or stock may also be lost or damaged.
We aim to reopen closed areas and parks to the public as soon as practical after a fire. This may take time where park infrastructure needs to be replaced or where hazards, such as damaged fencing or falling trees, need to be dealt with.
Major fires that affect private property as well as parkland are declared state incidents under Section 44 of the Rural Fires Act 1997. Private property losses resulting from these fires can be claimed through a Treasury managed insurance fund.