Hazard reduction burn in Popran National Park

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a hazard reduction burn in Popran National Park on Sunday 13 and Monday 14 August 2017 at Peats Ridge.

Hazard reduction burn

NPWS manager Angela Lonergan said this is part of an ongoing fire management strategy which aims to protect lives, property and the biodiversity of the Park.

"The 266 hectares burn will be undertaken with assistance from the Rural Fire Service (RFS)," Ms Lonergan said.

"The burn will take place over two days, starting approximately 9.30 am on Sunday with crews continuing into the evening, finishing up on Monday 14th August, weather permitting.

"Smoke may affect Peats Ridge Road and the suburbs of Calga and Peats Ridge and fire vehicles will be using this road so drivers are warned to take care and drive to conditions.

"This hazard reduction burn has been approved by the Central Coast Bushfire Committee, which is made up of local bushfire experts to identify and address local bushfire risks.

"People with asthma or those susceptible to respiratory problems are advised to stay indoors, close windows and doors and follow their health plan," Ms Lonergan 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.

Map of proposed burn here: Map of proposed hazard reduction burn in Popran National Park 12 and 13 August 2017.