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New Standards for Fire Trails

New standards have also been developed to ensure fire trails meet the needs of firefighters.
This includes width and height clearances, gradient and drainage. As an example, where a fire trail is identified as capable of carrying a large bush fire tanker, the fire trail must meet standards for the tanker to safely navigate the trail.

The Fire Trail Standards were gazetted on 8 September 2017.

Fire trails will also need to be maintained and inspected regularly. Signage will also be installed on these fire trails so firefighters know the standard to which they’re constructed. This will help ensure firefighters can safely operate from trails and clearly identify access points and the limitations of each trail.

Over the coming years the network will be continually improved based on these standards. The aim of the legislation is to provide a strategic network to improve access for fire fighting and hazard reduction.

Local Bush Fire Management Committees will be responsible for identifying the needs for the fire trail network in their area.

Fire trails on private land
In some areas, the local Bush Fire Management Committee may identify the need for a fire trail on private property. If the fire trail is identified on private land the NSW RFS will seek to enter into an agreement with the landholder to establish the fire trail

More Information
You can find out more about the strategic fire trail network by emailing firetrails@rfs.nsw.gov.au. Also monitor NSW RFS Fire Trails website for updates


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Bushfire Hazard Reduction and Pile Burn Guide

Click the following link for the procedures to be followed for Hazard Reduction and Pile Burning in Megalong Valley
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