Fire Information

Santi Forest Monastery is located in a very high bushfire risk area. The main aim of the monastery’s Bushfire Emergency Plan is to protect the lives of all monastery residents and visitors.

This plan specifies, according to the Fire Danger Rating for the day, the things that must be done daily by residents and visitors to the monastery to help protect us from bushfire. See the table below for instructions you need to follow when visiting, according to the different fire danger ratings.

Fire Danger Rating

Before you visit the monastery for the day during the fire season please check the current fire danger rating for the Illawarra/Shoalhaven area. If the rating is Severe or higher you may need to consider cancelling your visit.
Note that the rating may change daily. Most TV and radio weather reports give these ratings.
Ratings are also given at on the website of the NSW Rural Fire Service: http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fdr-and-tobans

Fire Rating Procedure

Low to Very High:

  • Please park in the designated parking areas – nose out, for quick exit in case of an emergency. Do not park in the driveway of the house and do not block the exit road.
  • You may visit the Big Cave and the Waterfall.

Severe:

  • Please park in the designated parking areas – nose out, for quick exit in case of an emergency. Do not park in the driveway of the house and do not block the exit road.
  • You may NOT visit the Big Cave and the Waterfall.

Extreme:

  • You may drop off dana at the entrance of the kitchen but please leave immediately afterwards.
  • You may NOT visit the Big Cave and the Waterfall.
  • In case of a near fire, the monastery will be closed and a sign placed at the gate.

Catastrophic:

  • The monastery will be closed and dana cancelled. A sign will be placed at the gate.

No incense or candles are to be lit anywhere on Monastery property during Fire Season.
No Smoking at any time.



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