Hazard reduction burn in Mount Jerusalem National Park a success

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) successfully completed a hazard reduction burn on the Koonyum Range, west of Mullumbimby this week.

Hazard reduction burn at Rayners Road, Mount Jerusalem National Park, from Cape Byron, 6 June 2017

NPWS Tweed-Kyogle Area Manager Damien Hofmeyer said that the prescribed burn conducted last Tuesday 6 June in Mount Jerusalem National Park went very well and would help reduce the risk from summer wildfires.

"NPWS and RFS worked together to safely implement the burn when conditions were suitable," Mr Hofmeyer said.

"The aim was to conduct a moderate intensity burn across 80% of the burn area and this was achieved," Mr Hofmeyer said.

"It is normal for the fire to continue to smoulder for several days after ignition and people can expect to see smoke.

"NPWS will continue to monitor the area and extinguish any "hot spots" that are too close to the edge.

"The Koonyum Range section of Mount Jerusalem National Park is now reopened but we ask that members of the public to please be mindful of fire fighters and their vehicles on the road and to stay out of the burn area for their own safety.

"It is common for branches and trees to fall after an area has been burned," Mr Hofmeyer 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: NSW Rural Fire Service and the RFS "Fires near me app".

Images from the burn: hazard reduction burn, Mount Jerusalem