Blaxlands Ridge hazard reduction burn 2 September 2017

The National Parks and Wildlife Service and Rural Fire Service are conducting a further hazard reduction burn in Wollemi National Park in the Blaxlands Ridge area tomorrow 2 September, weather permitting.

Hazard reduction burn in upper Blue Mountains woodland

Blue Mountains Regional Director David Crust said the burn would include up to 100 fire fighters from NPWS and RFS.

“The burn is the second part of a hazard reduction burn designed to protect the Blaxlands Ridge community which was heavily impacted in the 2001 fires

“It will cover an area of about 225 hectares and is aimed at the direct protection of about 40 properties along Blaxlands Ridge Rd.

“We are taking advantage of a very small window of opportunity before predicted high fire danger conditions.

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

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

The 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 RFS 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.