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NPWS burns planned for Warragamba and Southern Highlands areas from Sunday

Media release: 13 August 2017

South-western Sydney, lower Blue Mountains and Southern Highlands residents can expect to see smoke over the region from Sunday, with a number of hazard reduction burns planned from Sunday 13 August, weather permitting.

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Director David Crust said burns will shortly be underway in the Blue Mountains National Park near Warragamba and in the Bargo State Conservation Area near Hill Top and Balmoral in the Southern Highlands.

"A large 3,350 hectare burn is planned to commence on Sunday 13 August at Ripple Creek at the foot of the Blue Mountains near Warragamba, and over 40 firefighters will be involved in this operation," Mr Crust said.

"Under prevailing wind conditions, residents in Sydney's south west may smell and see smoke from this burn and residents in the Warragamba and Silverdale areas may experience heavy smoke.

"In the Southern Highlands, a 180 hectare hazard reduction burn is planned for Sunday and Monday in the Bolins Road area between Balmoral and Hill Top. Residents can expect some reduced visibility around Wilsons Drive with possible short-term road closures and detours.

"A 56 hectare hazard reduction burn is also planned to commence Monday 14 August around Sackville Street in Hill Top. Smoke may impact roads including Sackville Street and Wilsons Drive.

"People with asthma or those susceptible to respiratory problems are advised to stay indoors, close windows and doors and follow their health plan," said Mr Crust.

People with known health conditions should sign up to get air quality reports, forecasts and alerts via email or SMS and check the NSW Rural Fire Service website for advice and for regular updates on planned burns.

NPWS conducts controlled burns for a range of purposes including asset protection, strategic fire control, maintenance of biodiversity and research.

This burn is one of many hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS across NSW each year, many with assistance from the Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW.

They are part of the NSW Government's six-year $76 million package to boost bushfire preparedness and double hazard reduction in the State's national parks.

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

More information on hazard reduction activities: NSW Rural Fire Service and the RFS 'Fires Near Me' app.

Contact: Sarah Scroope

Page last updated: 14 August 2017