When considering a development application, the type, location and ongoing maintenance of landscaping, within the Asset Protection Zone (APZ) is a necessary Bush Fire Protection Measure (BPM).
However, the best planning can be undone by poor maintenance and lack of forethought when landscaping a development. Therefore house survival ultimately depends on the householder.
The principles of landscaping for bush fire protection aim to:
- prevent flame impingement on the dwelling
- provide a defendable space for property protection
- reduce fire spread
- deflect and filter embers
- provide shelter from radiant heat
- reduce wind speed.
Appendix 5 of Planning for Bush Fire Protection 2006 outlines principles for landscaping and maintenance for bush fire prone properties.
- Bush fire survival plan
- Know your risk
- Prepare your home
- Prepare yourself and family
- Fire Danger Ratings
- Alert Levels
- Neighbourhood Safer Places
- Building in a bush fire area
- Building after bush fire
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Planning for Bush Fire Protection
- Bush Fire Protection Measures
- Types of Development
- Tools for Assessment
- Legal Obligations
- Advice from NSW RFS
- Bush Fire Emergency Management and Evacuation Plan
- Travelling in a bush fire area
- Home fire safety
- 10/50 vegetation clearing
- Am I at risk from grass fires?
- Farm fire safety