Stay up to date
It's important you stay up to date before, during and after bush fires and other emergencies. To help, the NSW RFS provides information and warnings through a range of channels.
|Fires Near Me website
Information and warnings about bush fires and other incidents attended by the NSW RFS
|Fires Near Me page
|Hazards Near Me NSW smartphone app
A mobile application on iOS and Android to help you stay up to date on bush fires and other hazards in your area
|Fires Near Me Australia smartphone app
Providing fire information from participating fire and emergency service authorities across Australia
|NSW RFS on social media
Information about NSW RFS incidents, events and activities
Hazards Near Me NSW App
Around 4 million people have downloaded FIres Near Me, making it a trusted source of emergency information.
The app has recently been expanded to show information and warnings about floods in NSW, and is now called 'Hazards Near Me NSW'. Tsunami warnings are also now displayed in the app.
If you already have Fires Near Me on your device, you'll need to update your app to keep using it. Keep an eye out for notifications to let you know when.
Hazards Near Me NSW Help
Fires Near Me NSW is now called Hazards Near Me NSW.
The app shows information about bush fires and floods in NSW. Tsunami has also been added in our recent update. Over time, more hazards will be added to the app
We'll also be adding additional features to help you stay safe during emergencies.
What does the app show?
The app shows information provided directly from emergency services.
The app shows bush fire information and warnings, provided by the NSW Rural Fire Service on behalf of all fire services and land managers. You can also find information on fire danger ratings, total fire bans, and hazards reductions in your area.
Flood and tsunami information is provided by the NSW State Emergency Service. The app shows the areas affected by floods, and what you need to do to stay safe.
The app can send push notifications when there are new incidents, or when information changes.
What do the different icons mean?
The icons show the location of fires and floods.
The colours of the icons represent the different warning levels under the Australian Warning System, a nationally consistent three-level warning framework.
The warning levels are:
Advice - There is no immediate danger. Stay up to date in case the situation changes.
Watch & Act - There is a heightened level of threat. Conditions are changing and you need to start taking action now to protect you and your family.
Emergency Warning - An emergency warning is the highest level of an alert. You may be in danger and need to take action immediately. Any delay now puts your life at risk.
The app also shows bush fire incidents in other states near the NSW border.
You can find out more about the icons in 'Map Legend' in the Hazards Near Me NSW app.
Can I see a list of incidents based on distance?
This feature will be added shortly. You can see the approximate location of incidents in the map view.
How can I set up notifications?
To receive notifications, set up a watch zone.
You can set up a watch zone through the menu, or by searching for a location on the map.
When setting a watch zone, you can choose the area to keep watch on, and the types of incidents you want to be alerted about. You can't filter out Emergency Warnings.
I have an older phone and can't install the app. What can I do?
To provide the best possible experience to the majority of users, the Hazards Near Me NSW app requires iOS 13 or above. The current version of iOS is 16.
Some older phones are no longer supported by Apple and are no longer provided updates from Apple.
Our data shows this affects around 1 percent of users.
If this applies to you, you can continue to access bush fire information and warnings through the RFS website and flood information from the SES website. Emergency Alert telephone warnings are also sent via the phone network in many emergency situations.
Alternatively, you may consider updating your phone to a newer model, such as a second hand device from a family member or friend.
I'm receiving too many notifications. What can I do?
If you find you're receiving too many notifications, you can edit and reduce the size of your watch zone.
Alternatively, you can filter out some types of incidents.
What features can I expect in the future?
We're working on a number of enhancements to the Hazards Near Me NSW app.
We'll be adding additional hazards such as storms and tsunami shortly, and more hazards will be added in the future.
We're also looking at further enhancements to help you plan for and respond to emergencies in your area, and provide information to emergency services.
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