Hazard reduction burn in Yengo National Park

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) in conjunction with Rural Fire Service (RFS) will be conducting a hazard reduction burn in Yengo National Park, south-west of Laguna on Thursday 28 April 2016.

Mount Yengo lookout, Yengo National Park

NPWS Regional Manager Geoff Luscombe said this is part of an ongoing fire management strategy which aims to protect lives, property and the biodiversity of the Park.

"The 2460 hectare burn will take place on land between Mount Simpsons Road, Boree Road and behind private properties in Fernances and Blaxland Arm Valleys" Mr Luscombe said.

"The burn provides a strategic fuel reduction zone in the Laguna area and will assist in preventing wildfire moving through the park", he said.

"The burn will be conducted over three to four days and will commence at approximately 10am each day with crews continuing into the evening, finishing up when required, weather permitting.

"Smoke from the burn may impact on the area around Fernances Crossing, Blaxland Arms, Laguna and Wollombi, in particular visibility for drivers may be affected on The Great North Road, smoke warning signs will be in place.

During the burn Mount Simpsons Road, Old Boree track and Boree Road will be closed to the general public and restricted for residents.

"People with asthma or who are susceptible to respiratory problems are advised to keep clear of the area or stay indoors."

This hazard reduction burn was approved by the Cessnock Bushfire Management Committee, which is made up of local bushfire experts to identify and address local bushfire risks. NPWS will be assisted by the Rural Fire Service during the burn.

It is also part of the NSW Government's $62.5 million package to boost bushfire preparedness and double hazard reduction in the State's national parks where conditions allow.

With the assistance of the Enhanced Bushfire Management Program, NPWS plans to burn an average of over 135,000 hectares per year, through more than 800 individual hazard reduction activities.

For more information on hazard reduction activities visit the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Fires near me website or download the RFS Fires near me Mobile App.

Contact: Jacki Roberts