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Milton Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade

2017-2018 Fire Season

STOP PRESS: In February this year NSW had its first declared Catastrophic fire danger day. Despite some of the worst fire conditions ever recorded in NSW, firefighters and the community saved 80 homes and 125 outbuildings. Milton Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade was given several roles including protecting assets at Cassilis. Cassilis was saved. Read about it at Sir Ivan Fire - Volunteer Stories.

Permits to light a fire in the open are required from 1 September 2017 until 31 March 2018. See: Community Information, for more information, including exceptions. The end date may change depending on weather and conditions. Recent rains can significantly reduce the risk of bush fires - however, fast moving fires may still occur on dry and windy days, and residents are encouraged to maintain their vigilance and caution.

The NSW RFS makes decisions, including the start and end dates of local fire seasons, based on a wide ranging variety of research into factors including temperature and rainfall trends. One such item of research is the (Southern Australian Seasonal Bush Fire Outlook 2016). Find the download link, under the map shown on the site.

For information about:

  • Bush Fire Danger Period
  • Lighting Fires
  • Fire Permits
  • Fire Safety

see: Community Information.

Milton Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade

Milton Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade is a New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) brigade located on the Australian East coast, almost due East of Canberra. 

All members of the brigade are volunteers and train regularly to fight bush fires, grass fires, building and vehicle fires, supporting other agencies during emergencies, as well as attending motor vehicle accidents. We are also increasingly engaging with our local residents and community as community engagement is the key to a better informed and safer community.

We respond to a varying number of incidents per year in the brigade area, from North of Milton to the Burrill Lake region and inland. Milton Brigade also sends crews and units to incidents within the Shoalhaven district, wider New South Wales and sometimes interstate. 

New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS)

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is the lead combat agency for bush fires in NSW and is widely acknowledged as the largest volunteer fire service in the world. The NSW RFS provides many useful on line resources including:


We receive great support from the Milton community and in particular:

Recent Incidents

We do not just fight bush fires. Since 1 April this year (the start of the current fire season), incidents attended include:

  • 2 motor vehicle accidents (MVAs)
  • 1 vehicle fire
  • 1 structure fire
  • 1 forest fire
  • 12 grass fires
  • 1 small vegetation fires
  • 2 refuse fires
  • 1 hazard reduction burn
  • 4 automated fire alarm responses

We are an active training brigade. Our members are a diverse group including students, farmers, tradespeople, employees in local industry and some retirees. We always welcome new members and supporters.

Current Fire Danger can be found on the RFS website.

See: ( Fire Danger).

Scroll down to the map in the link to find the local fire danger. The Milton Brigade area is in Region 5 (Illawarra/Shoalhaven).

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