Hazard Reduction Burn at Middle Brother National Park at Middle Brother
The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and Rural Fire Service is planning a fuel reduction burn in Middle Brother National Park 15 August 2017.
NPWS area manager Steve Atkins said the 222 hectares burn approximately 4 kilometres south of Kendall and 3 kilometres north-east of Johns River is due to start around 10am.
"The burn will take place adjacent to Charlies Yard Road, Green Dump Road, Brodies Fire Trail and Martys Fire Trail in the north-east of the Park," Mr Atkins said.
"Smoke may reduce visibility on nearby roads including the Pacific Highway and drivers need to follow directions, to drive to conditions and take extreme care.
"Local residents are advised to close windows to minimise the impact of smoke.
"For public safety parts of the Park will be closed today and tomorrow.
"NPWS crews will monitor the fire ground until the areas are declared safe.
"Reducing heavy fuel loads is very important, as it can make it easier to control, help prevent a bushfire spreading to residential areas, and reduce risk to people and property.
"Before every hazard reduction burn, conditions are carefully assessed including the weather, dryness of the vegetation and site geography," Mr Aitkin said.
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 (RFS) website for advice and for regular updates on planned burns.
This burn is one of many hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS across NSW each year, many with assistance from the RFS 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.
More information on hazard reduction activities: NSW Rural Fire Service and the RFS 'Fires Near Me' app.