The Bush After Fire app will provide a direct link for anyone in NSW to make a meaningful contribution to the bushfire recovery effort. All you need to do is submit observations of burnt vegetation. We are most interested in how much of the leaves in the upper canopy remain green, are scorched or completed burned as this reveals a lot about the intensity of the fire at a location. Your observations will be used to validate fire severity maps that record the extent and severity of vegetation burn across the fire grounds, and provide information on how communities recover after fire. If you are concerned about the impacts of the fires on our trees and ecosystems and would like to make an active contribution to the recovery effort, then please send a photo in. **ATTENTION YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY:** Fire grounds and areas with burnt vegetation are dangerous places to be. Death or serious injury may result from entering bushfire affected areas, for example due to falling trees or hazardous materials. Please consider the information below before you enter a bushfire affected area or submit information to this project: - Do not enter areas identified as fire ‘incidents’ by NSW Rural Fire Service. You should check the weather conditions, and the status of any fire warnings in the areas you are intending to travel by using the Rural Fire Service website or the RFS Fires Near Me. Be aware that weather conditions can change rapidly and natural environments can be unpredictable. - Participation in this project is voluntary. You are responsible for your own safety and should take precautions to ensure your safety. By participating in this project you acknowledge and agree that the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is not responsible, or liable (including under any law) for any harm, loss or damage you or any other person suffers as a result of your participation in the project or otherwise. - If you are visiting national parks or reserves, ensure you stay on designated paths and follow directions and guidance provided by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (including checking alerts and other safety advice) or other relevant authority. - If you are entering onto private land you must ensure you have the landholder’s consent to enter onto the land and take photos for the project. - You should not submit photos in which an individual or individuals can be identified. These photos will not be accepted and will be deleted by admins.
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