Albury Bush Fire Prone Land Map

The Albury Bush Fire Prone Land Map identifies all land across the Albury Local Government Area that can support a bushfire, or is likely to be subject to, bushfire attack. The bush Fire Prone Land Map is prepared by Council in conjunction with the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) and is certified by the Commissioner of the NSW RFS.

What do the colours on the map mean?

Bush fire prone land is classified as follows:

  • Vegetation Category 1 (coloured orange on the map): This is the most hazardous vegetation category and contains the most dense vegetation;
  • Vegetation Category 2 (coloured yellow on the map): Within Albury, these are smaller, isolated and less-dense pockets of vegetation that are of a lesser hazard than Vegetation Category 1; and
  • Vegetation Buffer (coloured red on the map): These areas adjoin either Vegetation category 1 (with a 100m buffer) or Vegetation Category 2 (with a 30m buffer). 
A property is therefore bush fire prone if it is wholly or partly located in the red, orange or yellow area on the Albury Bush Fire Prone Land Map.

What does it mean if my property is located in bush fire prone land?

If any part of your property is identified as being bush fire prone then certain bush fire protection measures must be taken into account when designing a development. Council must also take into account the bush fire risk in the assessment of a development application or bush fire certificate application for that land.

Special building setbacks, landscaping and construction requirements may apply. This will depend on the type of development, the degree of bush fire hazard and the distance from the hazard.

What are the construction requirements in bush fire prone areas?

Planning for Bush Fire Protection (2006) is a NSW Rural Fire Service publication that outlines the bush fire protection measures to be included when planning or modifying development in a bush fire prone area. It links the bush fire hazard for a site with appropriate bush fire protection measures including:

  1. Asset Protection Zones (fuel reduced areas);
  2. Building construction standards and design (in accordance with Australian Standard AS3959);
  3. Access arrangements for residents, fire fighters, emergency service workers and those involved in evacuation;
  4. Water supply and utilities;
  5. Emergency management arrangements; and
  6. Suitable landscaping to limit fire spreading to a building.
Further information is available from both Council and the NSW Rural Fire Service at rfs.nsw.gov.au.

Obtaining the document

The Albury Bush Fire Prone Land Map is available for download: