What are places of last resort in a bushfire?
While the safest option is always to leave high-risk areas early, Neighbourhood Safer Places and Community Fire Refuges are a place of last resort during a bushfire.
If you live in, or are travelling around regional areas during summer bushfire season, you might want to be aware of places of last resort.
Neighbourhood Safer Places (NSP) and Community Fire Refuges, also known as Bushfire Place of Last Resort (BPLR) are locations that may provide some protection if you are unable to evacuate an area and are caught in an area impacted by bushfire.
The safest plan is always to monitor warnings and leave early, particularly on Catastrophic Fire Danger Rating days as recommended by The Country Fire Authority (CFA). There is no guarantee of your safety when sheltering at a place of last resort.
Instead, they can provide critical shelter and support when all other options have been exhausted.
The CFA urges the importance of understanding what these places are, how they function, and their significance in preparing for an emergency during bushfire season.