It is important not to confuse Bushfire Last Resort Refuges with a Bushfire Safer Place.
A Bushfire Safer Place is an area that has been designated as a place of relative safety, including Adelaide Metropolitan area, outer suburbs and rural settlements. They are suitable for use during forecast bad fire weather or during bushfire. May be subject to sparks, embers and smoke. Parts of Mount Barker are designated as a Bushfire Safer Place, check the CFS website for a detailed map.
Bushfire Last Resort Refuges are your LAST choice of location to shelter from a bushfire.
Bushfire Last Resort Refuge is only to be used if your plan has failed and you cannot reach a designated Bushfire Safer Place, it will only provide limited protection during a bushfire.
Risks associated with Bushfire Last Resort Refuges
travelling to a Bushfire 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 Bushfire Last Resort Refuge
emergency services may not be present
there may be limited capacity
Bushfire Last Resort Refuges do not cater for animals
Bushfire Last Resort Refuges do not provide meals, amenities or special needs (e.g. for infants, the elderly, the ill or disabled)
Bushfire Last Resort Refuges may not provide shelter from the elements, particularly flying sparks and embers.
The Bushfire Last Resort Refuge in Macclesfield is the Oval.