The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is planning a hazard reduction burn in Bournda National Park south of Tathra on Friday, April 21, weather permitting.
NPWS Area Manager Stephen Dovey said the 600 hectare burn just north of Wallagoot Lake aims to reduce fuel loads and reinvigorate native plants dependent on fire in their life cycle.
“The burn is expected to start mid-morning and will continue throughout Friday and Saturday,” Mr Dovey said.
“NPWS is using favourable weather conditions and the area’s moist gullies will help to control fire behaviour and avoid rainforest areas.
“Smoke may impact Aquamarine Road and the surrounding area.
“People with asthma or those susceptible to respiratory problems are advised to keep clear of the area or stay indoors and keep doors and windows closed.
“During the burn there may be some park trail closures in place. Walkers are urged to use caution and to take note of directions from NPWS staff,” Mr Dovey said.
This burn will be one of the many hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS across NSW each year, many with the assistance of the NSW Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW.
The NSW Government committed more than $76 million from 2011–17 for the Enhanced Bushfire Management Program, including employment of an additional 94 firefighters. The Government has now extended the program, committing a further $74 million over five years from 2017–22.
For health information relating to smoke from bush fires and hazard reduction burning, visit NSW Health or the Asthma Foundation.
For information on hazard reduction activities visit the Rural Fire Service and the Rural Fire Service “Fires near me” App.