Hazard Reduction burn Windsor Downs Nature Reserve, Bligh Park, Tues 25 & Thurs 27 September
Media release: 24 September 2012
The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will carry out hazard reduction burning in Windsor Downs Nature Reserve this week with assistance from the Rural Fire Service.
The first burn will occur tomorrow Tuesday 25th September and a second burn is scheduled for Thursday 27th September but will only go ahead if weather conditions are favourable on the day.
NPWS Cumberland North Acting Area Manager Kathleen Hellmann said the current weather provides an ideal opportunity to carry out hazard reduction burning in the Nature Reserve.
“The two burns are part of a strategic fuel reduction program for Windsor Downs Nature Reserve and will provide a strategic fire break to neighbouring properties and assist in reducing fire risk to the adjoining suburb of Bligh Park,” Ms Hellman said.
“Windsor Downs Nature Reserve and all tracks and trails leading into the burn area will be closed from the evening of Monday 24 September.
“Neighbours should be aware that there could be smoke especially around Surprise Crescent, Juliana Place and Fitzpatrick Place.”
Due to likely impact from smoke, it is recommended that neighbours close windows and doors and keep washing and pets indoors.
The NPWS hazard reduction activities are part of the NSW Government’s $62 million package to boost bushfire preparedness and are among many being undertaken by NPWS across NSW.
During 211 – 12, the National Parks and Wildlife Service completed 204 prescribed burns treating an area of more than 47,000 hectares
For more information on planned hazard reduction burns, visit the Rural Fire Service website: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au
Contact: Roger Bell
Page last updated: 24 September 2012