Locations that provide some protection from direct flame and heat from a fire, but they do not guarantee safety.
They are not an alternative to planning to leave early or to stay and defend your property; they are a place of last resort if all other fire plans have failed.
An existing location and not a purpose-built, fire-proof structure. It is important to know that many NSP-BPLRs are simply a clearing that provides separation distance from the bushfire hazard (e.g.) forest).
Not to be confused with Community Fire Refuges, Relief Centres, Recovery Centres, Recovery Centres or Assembly Areas, each of which have a different and specific purpose.
Not an appropriate destination when leaving the area early.
Not a place of shelter from other types of emergencies (e.g. to escape rising floodwaters or severe weather events).