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How a radical plan called 'The Plug' saved homes and lives

During the 2013 Blue Mountains fires The Plug was a high-risk containment strategy to prevent bush fires spreading to the whole Blue Mountains.

See a map of The Plug


Imagine what might have happened if The Plug had not been successful?

Remote Area Fire Fighters were brought in to implement The Plug.

  • Fighting fires,
  • Fire in the environment,
  • Fire fighters,
  • Major bush fires,
  • Respond,
  • Place,
  • Environment,
  • Blue Mountains bush fires,
  • Fires in remote areas


One year on from the 2019/2020 summer catastrophic bushfires, the Central Coast Council took time to say ‘thank you’ to the volunteers, frontline workers and residents who helped to protect the community and give back during one of the most devastating natural disasters the Coast has ever seen. The bush fires of summer 2019/20 will leave a lasting impact on us all. As we hear the unique stories of 15 courageous locals who gave so much during this time, one common theme shines through: the strength, resilience and spirit of the Central Coast community.

There was a 30 percent chance The Plug containment strategy would hold.

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