Hazard reduction burns scheduled for North West

PREPARATION: National Parks and Wildlife hazard reductions burns will take place across the North West next week. Photo: supplied
PREPARATION: National Parks and Wildlife hazard reductions burns will take place across the North West next week. Photo: supplied

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will take advantage of the forecast favourable weather conditions next week to conduct several hazard reduction burns across the North West.

About 4,000 hectares of national parks in the north west are scheduled for hazard reduction burns, with the NPWS to try to complete the burns before the Easter break.

Burns are planned across five reserves including:

  • Mount Kaputar National Park
  • Bingara State Conservation Area
  • Terry Hie Hie Aboriginal Area
  • Bullala National Park
  • Moema National Park

NPWS Barwon Area manager Marty Linehan said the burning program while large, should not impact local communities.

"We have planned these burns to occur simultaneously to take the best advantage of our available resources including the helicopter," he said.

"No visitor areas within Mount Kaputar NP will be closed. However the Plagyan portion of the reserve will be closed to all visitors, including horse-riders.

"The burn at Bingara State Conservation Area, is likely to be the most visible and residents in town will notice smoke, although forecast wind predictions should minimise any impact.

"Staff will continue to control the burn areas as long as necessary.

"The operation will only be conducted if the weather conditions are right on the day."

Mr Linehan said people with asthma or who are susceptible to respiratory problems are advised to keep clear of the areas or stay indoors.

For health information relating to smoke from bush fires and hazard reduction burning, visit NSW Health or the Asthma Foundation.

More information on hazard reduction activities, visit the Rural Fire Service and the Rural Fire Service "Fires near me" App.