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Travelling in a bushfire area

In the Black Summer 2019/2020 bushfire season, there were many tourists stranded in bushfire affected areas.

The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) warns "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 from the local state/territory emergency and bushfire services you will need to keep safe.

Check before you go

The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) recommends that you check:

  • Fire Danger Ratings and Bush Fire Alerts at or on the Fires Near Me smartphone application in NSW or the relevant local state/territory website and/or app in the state/territory you'll be travelling in.
  • 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, woolen blankets and water.
  • If caravanning or camping in NSW, read the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Caravan and Camping Bush Fire Safety fact sheet, or refer to your local state/territory emergency and bushfire services.
  • If bush walking in NSW, read the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Bush Fire Safety for Bushwalkers fact sheet, or refer to your local state/territory emergency and bushfire services.

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 woolen 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)

For more information visit

We found this video from the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) helpful:

(Source: YouTube, NSW Rural Fire Service, "Bush Fire Fact - Travel smart")

REMEMBER! In an emergency, always dial triple zero (000)

Bushfire Survival Kits is not affiliated with any state/territory fire service and we encourage you to always refer to your local state/territory bushfire service for the most up-to-date information in your area.

NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS)

VIC Country Fire Authority (CFA)

QLD Rural Fire Service (RFS)

SA Country Fire Service (CFS)

TAS Fire Service (TFS)

WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services (NTPFES)