Dangerous fire conditions forecast for Saturday 21 December 2019

December 20, 2019

Link Housing alerts residents in the Northern Beaches, Ku-ring-gai and surrounding areas to be aware that severe bush fires are forecast for tomorrow. Lives and homes may be at risk. We urge you to read the following to stay safe.


5 steps to stay safe

  1. Be on the alert and prepared. If you are a Link Housing resident and need information or help read the below, or call us on 9412 5111 and your call will be diverted to our after hours call centre.
  2. If you are without a home due to the fires, call the homeless services helpline ‘Link2Home’ on 1800 152 152.
  3. If you’re told to evacuate please do so. Don’t hesitate or argue.
  4. If you are in danger and it is an emergency: Call Triple Zero (000). If you are deaf or have a speech or hearing impairment call 106
  5. Visit the RFS website or download the Fires Near Me app for the most up to date information.

High temperatures, strong winds and low humidity are forecast, making conditions dangerous particularly for residents living near bushland areas. 

The Rural Fire Service (RFS) has announced that a catastrophic fire danger is now forecast for the Greater Sydney and Greater Hunter areas on Saturday 21 December due to the worsening weather conditions.

Catastrophic is the highest level of bush fire danger. Homes are not designed to withstand a fire under these conditions and lives will be at risk.

For further information on the bushfire emergency visit RFS website or download the Fires Near Me app.

Advice from RFS for residents of high risk areas on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger Rating 

  • Activate your bushfire emergency plan.
  • For your survival, leaving early is the only option.
  • Leave bush fire prone areas the night before or early in the day – do not wait and see what happens.
  • Make a decision about when you will leave, where you will go, how you will get there and when you will return.
  • Homes are not designed to withstand fires in catastrophic conditions so you should leave early.
  • People with special needs, such as the elderly and people with a disability, should always leave before the threat of bush fire.
  • If it is unsafe to leave the area or stay and defend your property, and the path is clear, you should move to your pre-identified Neighbourhood Safer Place, or other safer location, prior to the impact of a bush fire.

More information here

Neighbourhood Safer Places in Ku-ring-gai 

Please note that neighbourhood safe places are places of last resort during a bushfire emergency and are to be used only when all other options in your bushfire survival plan can’t be put into action safely. These are:

  • Burt Oldfield Oval, Killara
  • Regimental Park, Killara
  • Kent Oval, North Turramurra
  • North Turramurra Recreation Area (Golf Course), North Turramurra
  • Sandakan Park, North Turramurra
  • Robert Pymble Park, Pymble
  • Roseville Park, Roseville
  • St Ives Village Green, St Ives
  • Turramurra Memorial Park, Turramurra
  • Claude Cameron Grove, Wahroonga

Track closures 

The Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden and all bushland areas including walking tracks and fire trails will be closed to the public until further notice. These include:

  • Blackbutt Creek Track
  • Koola Park to Rocky Creek Track
  • Little Blue Gum Creek Track
  • Two Creeks Track
  • Sheldon Forest Track
  • Little Digger Track
  • Two Creeks Track
  • Bungaroo Track
  • Ku-ring-gai Creek to Tree Fern Gully Creek Track
  • Darri Track
  • Grosvenor Street to Gwydir Avenue Track
  • Sheldon Forest Track
  • STEP Track
  • Grosvenor Street to Gwydir Avenue Track
  • Twin Creeks and Browns Field Walking Track

Northern Beaches local closures 

All bushland tracks and trails will be closed from tomorrow (Saturday) as well as Manly Dam and Stony Range Regional Botanic Garden.

All national parks, including tracks, trails and campgrounds in Greater Sydney, will be closed from Saturday 21 December 2019 until further notice. Read more.

Test your bushfire preparations – are you ready for the unexpected?

Test your preparations with the What If – Bushfire tool on our Climate Wise Communities website.

View the tool here