Hazard reduction burns around Putty

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commenced a large hazard reduction burn in the Putty Valley area, near Putty, which is expected to continue over the weekend.

Smoke from fire

NPWS Area Manager Peta Norris said the burn is being done to reduce the fuel hazard and assist with the suppression of future unplanned bushfires.

"The Sheep Trig prescribed burn aims to treat nearly 11,900 hectares of bushland in Wollemi National Park, south west of Broke and west of Putty", Ms Norris said.

"The burn will be conducted west of Putty Valley Road, south of Tollagong Range Trail and Putty State Forest, east of Wollemi Creek and north of Box Tree Clearing," she said.

"The burn will start today Friday 6 May and continue for several days, weather permitting.

"Smoke from the burns may impact on the areas of Putty and Howes Valley for up to a week.

"No roads will be closed but drivers in the area should take care, particularly on Putty Road, as smoke may affect visibility and fire fighting vehicles will be working in the area.

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

The NPWS will be assisted by Rural Fire Service crews. This burn is one of many being undertaken by NPWS across NSW.

These burns are part of the NSW Government's $62.5 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.

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

Contact: Lawrence Orel