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National Parks & Wildlife Service NSW
Bushfires have been part of the Australian environment for thousands of years. They can start from natural causes but are often deliberately or carelessly lit.
The NPWS is responsible for fire control and prevention in national parks and other NPWS lands, and assists in the management of fires outside these areas. Trained and experienced NPWS staff are frequently appointed as Fire Controllers for fires inside or outside national parks and other land managed by the NPWS.
Wherever there are reserved lands, the NPWS is member of the local Bushfire Management Committee. Community fire plans are prepared to enable co-ordinated fire control and prevention in local districts.
- reduce the chances of severe fires by early detection
and responding to fires quickly and
- burn off or slash fuels near urban and rural areas to produce a variety of vegetation ages, which helps to reduce fire intensity near properties.
Bushfires are managed to, protect people and rural lands from fire while minimising damage to native plant and animal communities.
How you can help
National Parks & Wildlife Service, National Park Shop and Information,
Heritage Centre, End of Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath.
Phone: +61 (02) 4787 8877.
Open 9am to 4.15pm every day except Christmas Day