Hazard reduction burn at Wedderburn, Dharawal National Park

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) will be conducting a hazard reduction burn in Dharawal National Park today, Wednesday 17 May 2017.

Hazard reduction burn

NPWS Acting Area Manager Jennifer Bean said the low intensity burn will be undertaken to reduce fuel loads in the area.

"The 35 hectare burn will take place to the south of Victoria Road between Fire Trail 10B and the Jingga walking trail," Ms Bean said.

"The burn will commence at approximately 10 am on Wednesday 17 May with crews continuing into the evening, finishing up on Thursday 18 May weather permitting.

"The Victoria Road, Wedderburn entrance to Dharawal National Park will be closed during the burning operation.

"This includes access to the popular destination of O'Hare's lookout, Minerva rock pool and Jingga rock pool.

"Smoke from the burn may impact on the adjoining Wedderburn area and we thank our neighbours for their understanding.

"Drivers on Lysaght's Road in particular are warned to take care and follow any directions from fire crews as smoke may impact visibility," Ms Bean said.

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 $76 million package over six years to boost bushfire preparedness and double hazard reduction in the State's national parks, where conditions allow.

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: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au and the RFS "Fires near me app."