Bush Fire Safety, Help & Information

Please find following lots of places to get more information or help during our bush fire season.

But please remember we have been in this situation before so please try to stay calm, consider your fire safety plan and what you will do in an emergency and where you will go.

There are Neighbourhood Safer Places listed on the RFS website https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-…/neighbourhood-safer-places

Thanks to the Blue Mountains Firewatch Facebook page who have put together the following useful links that you might find helpful.

Important Links
FACEBOOK PAGES (Web pages and apps below)

NSW Fire Official:
NSW RFS: https://www.facebook.com/nswrfs
Fire & Rescue NSW: https://www.facebook.com/frnsw
RFS Commissioner: https://www.facebook.com/rfscommissioner
NPWS park closures and hazard reduction burns: http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/Alert/State-Alerts

Blue Mountains Official:
RFS: https://www.facebook.com/pages/RFS-Blue-Mountains-District/183593338352848
Police: https://www.facebook.com/BlueMountainsLAC
Police Rescue: https://www.facebook.com/BlueMtnsPoliceRescue
Blue Mountains City Council: https://www.facebook.com/bluemountainscitycouncil
Blue Mountains Bushfire Recovery: https://www.facebook.com/BlueMountainsBushfireRecovery

Local Brigades:
Glenbrook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Glenbrook-Fire-Station/270131849421
Glenbrook/Lapstone: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php…
Blaxland: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blaxland-Rural-Fire-Brigade/266859906720773
Mt Riverview: https://www.facebook.com/MtRivBrigade
Warrimoo: https://www.facebook.com/WarrimooBushfireBrigade
Valley Heights: https://www.facebook.com/ValleyHeightsRuralFireBrigade/
Winmalee: https://www.facebook.com/WinmaleeRuralFireBrigade
Faulconbridge: https://www.facebook.com/FaulconbridgeRuralFireBrigade
Linden: https://www.facebook.com/LindenRuralFireBrigade
Woodford: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Woodford-Rural-Fire-Brigade/160443510662246
Hazelbrook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hazelbrook-RFS/115616555170591
Lawson: https://www.facebook.com/Station359Lawson?fref=ts
Lawson: https://www.facebook.com/Lawsonrfs?fref=ts
Bullaburra: https://www.facebook.com/RFSBullaburra/
Wentworth Falls RFS: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wentworth-Falls-Volunteer-Rural-Fire-Brigade/181435398569129
Wentworth Falls Fire & Rescue: https://www.facebook.com/pages/FRNSW-495-Station-Wentworth-Falls/291100107507
Leura Fire & Rescue: https://www.facebook.com/LeuraFireStation
Katoomba/Leura: https://www.facebook.com/KatoombaLeuraRuralFireBrigade
South Katoomba: https://www.facebook.com/RFSSouthKatoomba
Blackheath/Mt Victoria: https://www.facebook.com/pages/BlackheathMt-Victoria-Rural-Fire-Brigade/137329676364289
Shipley: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shipley-RFS/504880046252997
Kanimbla: https://www.facebook.com/KanimblaRFS
Hartley: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hartley-Rural-Fire-Brigade/619095948141234
Chifley/Lithgow: https://www.facebook.com/ChifleyLithgowRFS
Bell: https://www.facebook.com/BellVolunteerBushFireBrigade
Megalong Valley (no Facebook yet): http://megalongvalley.rfsa.org.au/

NSW Emergency Journalism (i.e unofficial):
NSW Bushfire Info: https://www.facebook.com/NSWBushfireInformation
NSW Incidents: https://www.facebook.com/nswincidents
NSW Incidents Weather: http://www.facebook.com/nswincidents.weather

Blue Mountains Journalism:
Blue Mountains Gazette: https://www.facebook.com/bluemountainsgazette
Blue Mountains Bushfires (journalism): https://www.facebook.com/bluemountainsbushfires
Radio scanner: http://www.facebook.com/critensradioscanner

Blue Mountains Fire Recovery:
Jericho Road (Presbyterian Social Services):https://www.facebook.com/presbyterianjerichoroad
Catholic Care Blue Mountains: https://www.facebook.com/CatholicCareBM
Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Winmalee-Neighbourhood-Centre-Inc/546597248759505
As The Smoke Clears book: https://www.facebook.com/pages/As-the-Smoke-Clears/664092350300715

Blue Mountains Social:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/bmsocialgroup/

Other Blue Mountains Fire Watch pages

Fire Danger Ratings – Blue Mountains: https://www.facebook.com/bmfdr/

WEB PAGES & APPS

RFS: http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/
Current Incidents: http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fires-near-me
Google Mirror of Current Incidents: http://google.org/crisismap/2013-nsw-bushfires
Total Fire Ban & Current Fire Danger Map: http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fdr-and-tobans
RFS fire planning videos and news: http://www.myfireplan.com.au/
Join the RFS: http://www.jointherfs.com.au/
PDFs, photos and linescans: http://ow.ly/user/NSWRFS
Bushfire Household Assessment Tool: http://bfhat.rfs.nsw.gov.au/
NSW RFS firefighters pocketbook:
https://itunes.apple.com/…/nsw-rfs-firefighter…/id872370884…
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details…

Fires Nears Me – Mobile Devices
Android App: http://market.android.com/details?id=au.gov.rfs.fnm.nsw
iPhone App: https://itunes.apple.com/…/a…/fires-near-me-nsw/id370891827…
Mobile Website: http://www.firesnearme.com/

My Fire Plan
Android App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details…
iPhone/iPad App: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/myfireplan/id726634175?mt=8
Website: http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-…/bush-fire-survival-plan

RFS Twitter (BM): https://twitter.com/ruralfirebm
RFS Twitter (NSW): https://twitter.com/nswrfs
RFS YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/nswrfs

Animals/Pets in Emergencies
Australian Veterinary Association – Animals and Natural Disasters
http://www.ava.com.au/public/animals-and-natural-disasters

RSPCA NSW – Disaster Management Plan
https://www.rspcansw.org.au/…/owni…/disaster-management-plan

HORSES
NSW RFS – Prepare Your Horse for a Bushfire
http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/…/Prepare-your-horse-for-bush-fir…

LIVESTOCK
NSW DPI – Pets & livestock
http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/climate-and-emergenci…/…/community

HEATWAVES
RSPCA AUSTRALIA – How to prevent heatstroke in hot weather for pets.
http://kb.rspca.org.au/What-can-I-do-in-hot-weather-to-prev

WILDLIFE
WIRES NSW – Helping wildlife during bushfires & other extreme weather events
https://www.wires.org.au/seasonal-animal-advice

PFD download – Research: “COMMUNITY TAKING LEAD IN EMERGENCYPLANNING FOR THEIR ANIMALS”

https://www.bnhcrc.com.au/hazardnotes/35

NSW Traffic: https://www.livetraffic.com/
iPhone/iPad App: http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/live-traffic-nsw/id447303817…
Android App: http://play.google.com/store/apps/details…
Mobile Website: http://m.livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au/

Blue Mountains Official:
Blue Mountains City Council: http://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/
Blue Mountains Bushfire Recovery: http://www.bluemountainsbushfirerecovery.com/

Red Cross REDiPlan
www.redcross.org.au/files/REDiPlan_booklet.pdf
http://www.redcross.org.au/prepare.aspx

Twitter List
https://twitter.com/BMFirewatch/lists/bmfirewatch

Building, Rebuilding, Renovating
Fact sheet:
http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/…/pu…/building-in-a-bush-fire-area
Planning for bushfire protection: http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/…/Complete-Planning-for-Bush-Fire…
Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Assessment Kit: http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/…/BAL-Risk-Assessment-Application…
Building in bushfire prone areas: https://law.resource.org/pub/au/ibr/as.3959.2009.pdf
Landscaping for Bushfire: Garden Design and Plant Selection:https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/…/1c6084e1-159e-a820-b0b3-6dc077…

Satellite and Topographic Maps, Other Fire Maps
Sentinel Hotspot Mapping: http://sentinel.ga.gov.au/acres/sentinel/index.shtml
NSW maps and satellite photos: http://maps.six.nsw.gov.au/
http://www.openstreetmap.org/
FireWatch Pro Landgate – Current hot spots and past two years fires, with a lot of other detailed layered information: http://firewatch-pro.landgate.wa.gov.au/
MyFireWatch Langate – Same as FireWatchPro above but less detailed information: http://myfirewatch.landgate.wa.gov.au/

ESRI Layered Map (2013 only)
http://webmap.em.esriaustraliaonline.com.au.s3.amazonaws.co…

Radio Scanners
Blue Mountains RFS Radio scanner: http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/17631
Blue Mountains RFS GRN radio scanner app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details…
Aviation scanner: http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/15287

National Parks
NPWS closures: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/National…/FireClosure.aspx

Mount Wilson and Mount Irvine Community
http://www.mtwilson.com.au/

Weather
Fire Danger Ratings explained: http://cdn.esa.act.gov.au/wp-cont…/…/fire-danger-ratings.pdf
Four day forecast Fire Danger Ratings: http://www.bom.gov.au/n…/forecasts/fire-danger-ratings.shtml
Observations: http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/observations/nswall.shtml
Forecasts: http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/forecasts/centraltablelands.shtml
http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/forecasts/sydney.shtml
Fire Danger Index map: http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/forecasts/fire-map.shtml
Forecast and Observations (e.g. Katoomba): http://www.weatherzone.com.au/n…/central-tablelands/katoomba
http://www.accuweather.com/…/k…/13062/weather-forecast/13062
Radar: http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDR713.loop.shtml
Lightning: http://www.dme-tech.com.au/storm/StormVueNG.swf
Warnings: http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/
Heatwave Forecast Service: http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/heatwave/
BMCC Automatic Weather Stations:
http://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/weather/Katoomba/
http://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/weather/Springwood/

Bushfire Science and Land Management
NSW Office of Environment & Heritage: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/fire/index.htm
Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre: http://www.bushfirecrc.com/
Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC: www.bnhcrc.com.au
Introduction to bushfire science: http://www.nova.org.au/bushfires
CSIRO: http://www.csiro.au/Outcom…/Environment/Bushfires/Index.aspx
Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council: http://www.afac.com.au/
Case Study burning in the Blue Mountains bushland urban interface:
http://www.afac.com.au/…/default-…/burning/case-study-1.pdf…
Blue Mountains Fire Ecology:
http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/…/prote…/DECCW20100941.pdf
The Conversation – bushfire: https://theconversation.com/au/topics/bushfires-1377
Nature Conservation Council (NSW): http://www.nature.org.au/healthy-ecosyste…/bushfire-program/
Fire and Restoration Network discussion forum: http://www.fireandrestoration.org.au
University of Melbourne fire ecology and biodiversity blog: http://www.fireecologyandbiodiversity.com/

Other States Fire Services
Victoria Country Fire Authority: http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/Vic CFA
Landscaping for Bushfire: http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-pr…/landscaping-for-bushfire/
Australian Capital Territory: https://esa.act.gov.au/community-information/bushfires/
South Australia Country Fire Service: http://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/prepare_act_survive_2012.jsp
Queensland Rural Fire Service: https://ruralfire.qld.gov.au/…/Prepare.Act.Survi…/Index.html
Tasmania: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/Show…
Northern Territory: http://www.pfes.nt.gov.au/…/Community-fire-safety/Bushfire-…
Western Australia: http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/…/fire/bushfire/Pages/default.aspx

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