Bushfire prone land is an area that can support a bushfire or is likely to be subject to bushfire attack. A number of factors are taken into account in determining whether land is bushfire prone, primarily vegetation type and the slope of the land. When these factors are present in proximity to development, they can pose a significant risk to life and property in the event of a bushfire.
Two categories of bushfire prone land have been identified on the map based on the level of bushfire risk, with each category incorporating a buffer zone that extends beyond areas that may be directly affected by a bushfire to account for factors such as ember attack and exposure to radiant heat. The medium to high hazard areas (Group 1 & 2 vegetation) have been buffered by 100 metres while the low hazard areas (Group 3 vegetation) have been buffered by 30-metres. Each parcel of land, whether wholly or partially affected by either the hazard or the buffered areas has been identified as ‘bushfire prone’.
Development in bushfire prone areas is subject to the guideline, Planning for Bushfire Protection (NSW Rural Fire Service & Department of Infrastructure Planning and Natural Resources 2006), which requires the incorporation of appropriate bushfire protection measures. (You can download a copy of the guidelines at the NSW Rural Fire Service) It should be noted that not all development proposed on ‘bushfire prone’ properties would be required to incorporate bushfire protection measures, e.g. where the development envelope is located outside of the mapped bushfire buffer zone.