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Fire Trail Register

There are approximately 75,000 kilometres of fire trails in NSW

What is an Identified Fire Trail?

An Identified Fire Trail is a road, trail or other track on public and/or private land used by firefighting agencies to access the landscape to prevent, fight, manage and contain bush fires that is selected as part of an area’s fire trail network and recorded in the area’s Fire Access and Fire Trail (FAFT) Plan.

These fire trails are the effective network that suit the firefighting operations, in support of community protection, conducted across NSW. Fire trails are also used as fire control lines and for regular management of bush fire risk across the landscape.

Why are they important?

Fire trails are an important part of ensuring firefighters can access fires and safely contain them. They are also used to assist with management of bush fire risk across the landscape.

What is a fire trail register?

The RFS, in conjunction with other land management agencies, assesses the condition of identified fire trails across NSW against the RFS Fire Trail Standards. Once an identified fire trail is assessed and deemed it meets these standards, it is certified and is added to “The Commissioners Register of Fire Trails” in the table below.

BFMCFire Trail NameTenureLGA
CanobolasCharleville Fire TrailFCNSWCabonne
CanobolasCadiangullong Fire TrailFCNSWCabonne
CanobolasRosebank Fire TrailFCNSWCabonne
Clarence ValleyOld Grafton Road Fire TrailFCNSWClarence Valley
Liverpool PlainsMt Helen Fire TrailPrivate and Local GovernmentLiverpool Plains
Lower HunterAnna Bay Bore Line Fire TrailNPWSPort Stephens
Lower HunterBroken Back Road Fire TrailFCNSW and PrivateCessnock
Lower HunterBroken Back Fire TrailFCNSW and PrivateCessnock
Lower HunterShoal Bay Bore Line Fire TrailNPWSPort Stephens
Lower HunterTank Trail Fire TrailNPWSPort Stephens
Lower HunterMeteorological Station Fire TrailNPWSPort Stephens
Lower HunterWashery Fire TrailCrownCessnock
Lower HunterNeath Fire TrailCrownCessnock
Lower HunterDuffie Fire TrailCrownCessnock
Lower HunterNorth Neath Fire TrailCrownCessnock

Lower Hunter

Breckin Fire TrailPrivateDungog
Lower HunterHungry Hill Fire TrailPrivateDungog
Lower HunterKeppies Fire TrailPrivateDungog
Mid-CoastNew Forster Fire TrailLocal GovernmentMid-Coast
Mid-CoastNorth Haven Fire TrailCrownMid-Coast
RiverinaIllabo Fire TrailLocal GovernmentJunee
ShoalhavenHuskymoon Fire TrailNPWSShoalhaven
ShoalhavenBowling Club Fire TrailNPWSShoalhaven
ShoalhavenHarmony Haven Fire TrailNPWSShoalhaven
ShoalhavenSouth Pine Fire TrailNPWSShoalhaven
ShoalhavenWest Huskisson Fire TrailNPWSShoalhaven
ShoalhavenKangaroo Link Fire TrailNPWSShoalhaven
ShoalhavenMount Bushwalker Fire TrailNPWSShoalhaven
ShoalhavenTianjara Fire TrailNPWSShoalhaven
ShoalhavenTwelve Mile Fire TrailNPWSShoalhaven
ShoalhavenSouth Arm Fire TrailNPWSShoalhaven
ShoalhavenMoores Fire TrailNPWSShoalhaven
ShoalhavenKoiola Village Fire TrailNPWSShoalhaven
ShoalhavenDam Fire TrailNPWSShoalhaven
ShoalhavenHiggins Creek Fire TrailNPWSShoalhaven
ShoalhavenPebbly Beach Fire TrailNPWSShoalhaven
Southern BorderPolkinghorne Fire TrailCouncil, CrownAlbury City Council
Southern BorderBrett's Fire TrailCrown, PrivateAlbury City Council
Southern BorderFeatherstone Fire TrailCrownAlbury City Council

Fire trail signage and what it means

Standardised signs are installed and maintained through the identified fire trail network. Primary fire trail signage contains the name of the fire trail and the maximum type of vehicle category which is able to safely travel on the trail. Trails which are certified to the RFS Fire Trail Standards will have a circle around the vehicle category to communicate the condition of the trail to firefighters eg.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a fire trail?

A fire trail is an access way identified by the local Bush Fire Management Committee used for preventing, fighting, managing and containing bush fires.

Why is it important to have a register of certified fire trails?

Having a state-wide register of fire trails assists the Rural Fire Service (RFS) in its planning for, and response to, bush fire incidents. Ensuring that only fire trails meeting certain standards are included in the Fire Trail Register means that the NSW RFS are able to have confidence that when it deploys resources to those locations, the resources will be able to safely and efficiently access and respond to an incident at that location.

What is the process for a fire trail to be certified and registered?

The registration of an identified fire trail will generally involve the following steps:

  • A Bush Fire Management Committee (BFMC) for an area prepares a draft Fire Access and Fire Trail Plan (FAFT Plan) which includes the list of identified fire trails.
  • The Bush Fire Coordinating Committee (BFCC) reviews and approves a draft FAFT Plan.
  • Once a FAFT Plan is approved by the BFCC:
  • The RFS will designate a fire trail in the FAFT Plan once an agreement is entered into between a private landowner and the RFS.
  • The fire trail may be recognised, constructed or upgraded in accordance with the Fire Trail Standards.
    • the land managers (for public land) establish, upgrade and maintain the fire trail to the RFS Fire Trail Standards, or
    • the RFS (for private land) contacts landowners to discuss entering into agreements establish fire trails.
  • Fire trails which are certified to the Fire Trail Standards are then included in the RFS Commissioner’s Fire Trail Register.

What happens if the BFMC has identified the need for a fire trail on my property?

If a trail on your land has been selected and recorded as an identified fire trail in a FAFT Plan, your local RFS District Office will contact you to discuss a proposal to formalise, establish or upgrade a fire trail on your property. The District Office will talk to you about entering into an agreement in relation to the fire trail which will include sections on the roles and responsibilities of the parties, and other rights under the agreement.

What will happen if there is a fire?

In the event of a fire, fire management agencies may access your property using the fire trail under the private land agreement.

Does having a fire trail on my land mean I will have a fire truck there to protect my property in the event of a fire?

Having a fire trail under a private land agreement with the RFS does not mean you will be assured to have a fire vehicle attending in the event of a fire incident. Having a fire trail under an agreement with the RFS that complies with the Fire Trail Standards, it means that firefighters will be able to access the land to prevent, fight, manage and contain bush fires quickly and efficiently on your own and surrounding properties.

When will the fire trail be used?

Generally, fire trails on private land will be used by fire management agencies in the event of a fire, in the investigation of a fire, (e.g. sighting of smoke) and for the prevention and management of fires. The RFS will also undertake condition inspections of the fire trail on an ongoing basis to determine if any maintenance is required in keeping with the Fire Trail Standards.


  • Having an identified fire trail on your land does not mean there will always be a fire truck available to protect your property.
  • Not all roads, tracks, trails or historic trails in bush fire prone lands are selected as Identified Fire Trails.
  • Fire trails need to be maintained to ensure firefighters will be able to quickly and efficiently access your own and surrounding properties during a fire event.
  • Do you have a bush fire survival plan? If you live on bush fire prone land, you need to know what you will do in the event a fire threatens your property.