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Bushfire Last Resort Refuges

It is important not to confuse Last Resort Refuges with a Bushfire Safer Place.

Last Resort Refuges are your LAST choice of location to shelter from a bushfire.

A Last Resort Refuge is a space or building which you could go to and remain in during a bushfire in your area.

It is an area that provides a minimum level of protection from the immediate life threatening effects of radiant heat and direct flame contact in a bushfire.

A Last Resort Refuge is intended to provide a place of relative safety during a bushfire. It does not guarantee the survival of those who assemble there. You should only use a Last Resort Refuge when your personal Bushfire Survival Plans cannot be implemented or have failed.

Risks associated with Last Resort Refuges are:

  • Travelling to a Last Resort Refuge may be dangerous. Traffic congestion, fire activity, heavy smoke, accidents or fallen trees may block the route
  • There is no guarantee that you will be safe from fire or radiant heat when travelling to or sheltering at a Last Resort Refuge
  • Emergency services may not be present
  • There may be limited capacity
  • Last Resort Refuges do not cater for animals
  • Last Resort Refuges do not provide meals, amenities or special needs (e.g. for infants, the elderly, the ill or disabled)
  • Last Resort Refuges may not provide shelter from the elements, particularly flying sparks and embers.

A Last Resort Refuge is not designed to replace a personal Bushfire Survival Plan.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Title Bushfire Last Resort Refuges
Type Dataset
Language English
Licence Creative Commons Attribution
Data Status active
Hosted/Linked Linked
Update Frequency annually
Landing Page https://data.sa.gov.au/data/dataset/4caf5333-138e-4048-b71f-15c59163355a
Date Published September 7, 2017
Page Updated September 21, 2018
Contact Point
SA Country Fire Service
Temporal Coverage 07-09-2017
Geospatial Coverage South Australia
Jurisdiction Government of South Australia
Data Portal data.sa.gov.au
Publisher/Agency SA Country Fire Service
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