If you live, work or travel in an area where bushfires can occur you need to be aware of where you can relocate to if you are threatened by a bushfire.
We have identified places that can offer relative safety from a bushfire. They are divided into two categories:
Bushfire Safer Place
Bushfire Last Resort Refuge
An area that has been designated as a place of relative safety, including Adelaide Metropolitan area, outer suburbs and rural settlements.
A space or building you could go to and remain in during a bushfire in your area, including ovals and buildings in rural areas.
Use if you need to relocate early.
Only use if your plan has failed and you cannot reach a designated Bushfire Safer Place.
|Suitable for use during forecast bad fire weather or during bushfire. May be subject to sparks, embers and smoke.||Not suitable for extended use and provides only limited protection during bushfire.|
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|Bushfire Safer Places are identified by yellow overlay on map||Bushfire Last Resort Refuges are identified by green icon on map|
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A Bushfire Safer Place is an area that has been designated as a place of relative safety, such as metropolitan Adelaide and some regional townships. These places have been assessed as safer from the affects of bushfires because:
- It is in an area of low levels of bushfire fuel
- It is far enough from continuous bushland or forest to reduce the risk of sparks and embers
- The bushfire will be interrupted by
- established gardens and lawns
- road networks and other low fuel areas
- There is likely to be access to emergency, health and other community services.
On high fire risk days, a Bushfire Safer Place may be used as a place:
- for people to stay in, if they already live in a Bushfire Safer Place
- to leave early to from high bushfire risk areas.
Properties on the edge of these locations generally face a higher level of risk compared with those nearer the centre of the area. The relative safety of these properties can be improved by property owners undertaking appropriate bushfire safety measures to ensure they don't place themselves and the greater community at risk.
Relocating to a Bushfire Safer Place
If your Bushfire Survival Plan includes relocating to a Bushfire Safer Place, you should:
- Identify where your nearest Bushfire Safer Place is
- Identify where there are suitable alternatives
- Work out how you will get there
- Work out alternative routes to take
- Work out how long it will take you to get there
- Decide under what circumstances you will relocate
- Decide what your trigger points for action will be
- Plan for your relocation; when, where and what you will take.
We recommend that if you intend to relocate to a Bushfire Safer Place you should do so early in the day. Last minute decisions to relocate in the face of fire are extremely dangerous.
Will you be safe in a Bushfire Safer Place?
If you choose to stay in a Bushfire Safer Place, or if you relocate to one, it is unlikely you will be exposed to direct flame or severe radiant heat. You may be exposed to sparks, embers and smoke which may start secondary fires in vegetation, gardens and structures. While a Bushfire Safer Place may be uncomfortable during the passage of a fire, it will be safer than being in high bushfire risk areas.
Even if your property is located within a Bushfire Safer Place you should prepare your home and undertake appropriate bushfire safety measures on your property.
It is important not to confuse Bushfire Last Resort Refuges with a Bushfire Safer Place. Bushfire Last Resort Refuges are your LAST choice of location to shelter from a bushfire.
A Bushfire Last Resort Refuge is a space or building which you could go to and remain in during a bushfire in your area. It is an area that provides a minimum level of protection from the immediate life threatening effects of radiant heat and direct flame contact in a bushfire.
A Bushfire Last Resort Refuge is intended to provide a place of relative safety during a bushfire. It does not guarantee the survival of those who assemble there. You should only use a Bushfire Last Resort Refuge when your Bushfire Survival Plan has failed and you cannot safely relocate to a Bushfire Safer Place.
Risks associated with Bushfire Last Resort Refuges are:
- travelling to a Bushfire Last Resort Refuge may be dangerous. Traffic congestion, fire activity, heavy smoke, accidents or fallen trees may block the route
- there is no guarantee that you will be safe from fire or radiant heat when travelling to or sheltering at a Bushfire Last Resort Refuge
- emergency services may not be present
- there may be limited capacity
- Bushfire Last Resort Refuges do not cater for animals
- Bushfire Last Resort Refuges do not provide meals, amenities or special needs (e.g. for infants, the elderly, the ill or disabled)
- Bushfire Last Resort Refuges may not provide shelter from the elements, particularly flying sparks and embers.
A Bushfire Last Resort Refuge is not designed to replace a your Bushfire Survival Plan. You should complete and practise your Bushfire Survival Plan to ensure that you and your family are prepared and know what to do in the event of a bushfire.
Find out more
- Bushfire Safer Places booklet to help with your planning
- Videos explaining Bushfire Safer Places and Bushfire Last Resort Refuges
- Bushfire Safer Places and Bushfire Last Resort Refuges in your local council area