Report a bush fire hazard

We maintain a number of areas between council bush land and properties known as Asset Protection Zones (APZ) to reduce bushfire risk. We also manage a network of fire trails on council land across the region to ensure firefighters can access fires and safely contain them.

If you think there are bush fire hazards along our fire trails or Asset Protection Zones (APZ), report them straight away. 

Before you report

Step 1.Determine the fire hazard

Bush fire hazards are any materials which can fuel a fire, such as leaf litter, grass, garden mulch and woodpiles. Overhanging trees are not necessarily considered a fire hazard. Other hazards include solid combustibles or flammable liquids and gases such as petrol, kerosene, alcohol, LPG, natural gas, and acetylene.

Step 2.Is it on public land? 

We maintain a number of Asset Protection Zones (APZ) in urban areas and fire trails across the region. These are important in ensuring firefighters can access fires and safely contain them. It is important that these are kept clear of any vehicles, infrastructure, gardens and materials that can fuel a fire. 

Step 3.Is it on private property? 

It is the responsibility of the landholder to manage bush fire hazards on their property. If there is a concern of bushfire risk with your neighbour's property, talk to them about it or drop a friendly note in their letterbox. You can also report this issue to NSW RFS.  

Step 4.Report the issue 


An Asset Protection Zone is a 'buffer' between Council bushland and residential areas or buildings. It's purpose is to:

  • reduce bushfire fuel encroaching onto a property or building, 
  • provide safe access for fire-fighters and emergency services to contain fires and defend buildings, 
  • allow fire fighters to conduct back-burning when required.

We are responsible for over 100 Asset Protection Zones on bushland reserves in Port Macquarie, Wauchope, Laurieton, Bonny Hills and Lake Cathie. We maintain these 1-3 times per year through removing potential bushfire fuels. 

Our hazard reduction works will mitigate risk, but won’t eliminate it.