- Bushfire Hazard Assessment and Mapping
- Bushfire BAL (Bushfire Attack Level) NSW and Victoria
Bushfire Hazard Assessments and Home Protection
Bush fire hazard assessments or Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessments have been undertaken for a variety of land uses in both NSW and Victoria.
These land uses include:
- Recreational venues such as golf course and tourist infrastructure;
- Individual dwelling construction; and
Planning for Bush Fire Protection involves:
- Ensuring there is sufficient space and low reduced fuel loads so that radiant heat levels are below critical limits and prevent direct flame contact with a building;
- Providing safe operational access to structures and water supply for emergency services;
- Safe access to/from the public road system for fire fighters and house owners;
- Maintenance of Asset Protection Zones (APZ’s);
- Provision of adequate water for the protection of buildings during and after the fire.
An example for a new house close to bushland:
Bushfire risk has been mapped by the Fire Service and indicates that the area has a high bushfire risk due to the woodland on the roadside reserves and adjacent properties. The Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) is 19 and as such, bushfire construction requirements apply to any building located less than 100 meters from the bushfire hazard. The required 10 m Asset Protection Zone (APZ) can be easily achieved. Fire fighting water is to be supplied from tanks on the property. Access for emergency vehicles will need to be provided as recommended in the Bushfire Protection Guidelines. Emergency egress is also provided at the northern end of the property.