Protecting your property from rural fire

To protect your property from rural fire we recommend:

  • installing smoke alarms and testing them regularly. For more information about smoke alarms visit
  • designing an escape plan and practicing it. For more information visit
  • keeping the grass green and mown or grazed around your home
  • creating a safety zone around your home of at least 10m by clearing any dead or dry material and replacing flammable plants and trees with low flammable species (for more information visit
  • making sure your property is clearly signposted with your RAPID rural property identification number
  • installing multipurpose dry powder extinguishers in your house and out buildings
  • keeping a garden hose connected and make sure it is long enough to reach around the house
  • ensuring your driveway has a minimum clearance of 4m wide, 4m high and adequate turning space for large vehicles
  • easy access to water supplies and making sure they are signposted
  • storing firewood and other flammable material away from your house
  • safe handling and storage of gas or liquid fuels
  • maintaining machinery and equipment in working order
  • disposing of ash safely in a metal container and using approved incinerators


Defensible space

  • Priority zone 1
    Create a defensible area or safety zone. Convert to lawn and less fire-prone species. Remove flammable materials, waste and combustible debris.
  • Priority zone 2
    Remove trees and scrub to allow the trees that remain to be evenly spaced so they’re not touching.
  • Priority zone 3
    Prune all large trees and remove all branches at least 2 metres from the ground. Thin subcanopy trees, cut down dead or dying trees and remove overhanging branches that are close to powerlines.