Travelling in a bush fire area
If you're travelling during the bush fire season, you could be affected by a fire. Bush and grass fires often cross roads and highways. Smoke can reduce visibility and roads may also be closed without warning.
Make sure you have all the information you will need to keep safe.
Check before you go
- Fire Danger Ratings and Bush Fire Alerts at or on the Fires Near Me smartphone application
- Weather conditions on the Bureau of Meteorology website.
- How you can call for help
- Emergency Survival kit is packed, including a working battery operated radio, protective clothing, woollen blankets and water.
- If caravanning or camping read our Caravan and Camping Bush Fire Safety fact sheet
- If bushwalking read our Bush Fire Safety for Bushwalkers fact sheet
If you are caught in a fire
- Call Triple Zero 000
- Park off the road in a clear area away from trees, scrub and tall grass
- Face the front of your car towards the fire
- Stay in the car below the windows to protect yourself from radiant heat
- Turn off the engine and turn on headlights and hazard lights
- Close windows and air vents
- Cover yourself with a woollen blanket
- Drink plenty of water
- Cover your mouth with a damp cloth
- Stay down until the sound of the fire has passed, carefully leave the car (it will be hot)
Grasslands cover approximately 80% of New South Wales.
There is an increased risk of grass fires this summer. It is important that you understand grass fires and how to protect yourself, your family and your property from the threat of fire. Grass fires are unpredictable; they can start anywhere, spread rapidly and move three times as fast as a bush fire.