Why we need a plan

Bush Fire Risk Management Plans are an effective instrument for managing risk to human activity and valued community and environmental assets. They are a key component in a multifaceted bush fire management approach for NSW.

Developed using robust data and sophisticated technology and modelling, the plans determine risk factors and develop solutions that best mitigate them.

Feedback from the exhibition of a draft plan for The Hills is currently being assessed. Public feedback will be taken into consideration as the plan is finalised by the The Hills Bush Fire Management Committee before being sent to the Bush Fire Coordinating Committee for review.

Current Bush Fire Risk Management Plan for The Hills

The Bush Fire Risk Management Plan for The Hills was published on 17 September 2019.

This BFRMP identifies the bush fire risks in The Hills and sets out the types of work scheduled to deal with the risk of bush fires.

BFRMPs are updated within every five-year period, however, the treatments and works set out in the plans are subject to change on a yearly basis due to fire activity, weather and new risk factors. This plan may not have been updated with the latest treatment and works plans/information.

The Hills BFMC is made up of a range of stakeholders from the area including emergency services, land management agencies, local government and local aboriginal land services, and local community groups. This ensures key community stakeholders have a say on bush fire management activities for the benefit of their communities.

The Hills BFMC is made up of the following representatives:

  • NSW Rural Fire Service
  • NSW Department of Industry (Crown Lands)
  • Transgrid
  • Endeavour Energy
  • Fire and Rescue NSW
  • The Hills Shire Council
  • Deerubbin Local Aboriginal Land Council
  • Nature Conservation Council of New South Wales
  • NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
  • NSW Police Force
  • Transport for NSW
  • Sydney Water
  • Forestry Corporation of New South Wales
  • Greater Sydney Local Land Services
  • NSW Office of Strategic Lands

The Hills Bush Fire Management Committee (BFMC) area spans 38,549 hectares (ha). The area covers the Local Government Area (LGA) of The Hills Shire and features National Parks covering an area of 565ha (1.5% of BFMC area).

The Hills area has approximately 68.5% bushland and 13.8% grassland with the balance being the built environment or water bodies. A bush or grass fire can happen at any time of the year, but the risk is higher during the warmer months, when bush, grass or scrub is drier.

  • According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2021 Census Community Profile there are 62,824 residential dwellings in The Hills BFMC area with an approximate population of 186,865.
  • According to the ABS data on the counts of Australian businesses, there were 22,814 businesses in The Hills BFMC. The top three industries in the BFMC are profession, scientific and technical services, rental, hiring and real estate services and health care accounting for 49% of the businesses in The Hills BFMC.
  • The last major bush fire happened in the 2002/03 bush fire season with 15,730ha burnt.
  • There are several valuable community assets across the area along with a number of culturally significant sites and environmentally important sites.

Bush fire survival plan

Getting ready for a bush fire is easier than you think. Make a bush fire survival plan so you know what you will do if there’s a fire near you.

Prepare your home

A well-prepared home is more likely to survive a bush fire. Even if your plan is to leave early, the more you prepare your home, the more likely it will survive a bush fire or ember attack.

Prepare yourself and your family

Preparation isn’t just about cleaning up around the house and having a plan. It’s also about making sure you consider your physical, mental and emotional preparedness.