Hazard reduction burn in Morton National Park

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is undertaking a hazard reduction burn in Morton National Park today (8/5).

Hazard reduction burn, Morton National Park

NPWS Area Manager Neale Watson said the small, 2 hectare burn will be conducted in the Little Forest areas in the southern section of Morton National Park.

"NPWS is taking advantage of settled, favourable conditions to continue its program of hazard reduction burning on the south coast," Mr Watson said.

"The burn is being carried out to protect assets within the park including the transmission tower.

"The burn also aims to maintain the ecological health of vegetation, particularly species dependant on fire and/or smoke in their life cycle.

"No roads of walking tracks will be closed during the burn and the impact of smoke is expected to be minimal.

"However, all visitors and motorists in the vicinity are urged to adhere to local signage and follow the directions given by our onsite fire crews," Mr Watson said.

These burns 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.

More information on hazard reduction activities, go to www.rfs.nsw.gov.au and the RFS "Fires near me app."

For health information relating to smoke from bush fires and hazard reduction burning, visit the NSW Health or the Asthma Foundation websites.