NPWS burning in Khappinghat Nature Reserve

Media release: 16 August 2013

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is today (16/8) undertaking fuel reduction burning in Khappinghat Nature Reserve, near Purfleet today, as part of an ongoing hazard reduction program.

NPWS Manning-Hastings Area Manager, Steve Atkins, said the burn is part of an ongoing fire management strategy which aims to protect lives, property and the biodiversity of the parks and reserves in the Greater Taree City Council Area.

“Today’s hazard reduction burn is east of the Pacific Highway near the intersection of Wollards Road and Bishops Road, approximately 5km south-east of Taree.

“The burn will provide a strategic fuel reduction zone in a 118 hectare area, and will assist in preventing wildfire moving through the reserve”, he said.

“Smoke from the burn may impact on the area and drivers in particular are warned to take care and drive to conditions when driving at the Pacific Highway and Old Bar Road at Purfleet and surrounding areas.

“People with asthma or who are susceptible to respiratory problems are advised to keep clear of the area or stay indoors.”

This hazard reduction burn is part of the NSW Government’s $62.5 million package to boost bushfire preparedness and double hazard reduction in the State’s national parks where conditions allow.

With the assistance of the Enhanced Bushfire Management Program, NPWS plans to burn an average of over 135,000 hectares per year, through more than 800 individual hazard reduction activities.

In the 2012-13 financial year, the NPWS conducted over 80% of the hazard reduction undertaken across the State with a record 208,000 hectares in 1300 separate fuel reduction activities in our national parks and reserves.

For more information on planned hazard reduction burns, visit the Rural Fire Service website: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.

Contact: Lawrence Orel

Page last updated: 16 August 2013