Hazard reduction burns in Blue Mountains this week
National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting hazard reduction burning in the Blue Mountains National Park near Wentworth Falls this week.
Acting Upper Mountains Area Manager Arthur Henry said the operation had been approved by the Blue Mountains Bush fire Management Committee and would involve some local walking track closures.
“The first burn will commence tomorrow Wednesday 10 May and continue for a few days, about 20 kilometres south of Wentworth Falls in the Harris Creek area.
“This burn is expected to cover more than 1000 hectares and smoke may be visible.
“Kings Tableland Road and McMahons Lookout mountain biking and walking tracks will be closed for the duration of the operation.
“The burn is aimed at reducing fuel loads to reduce risk of spread should a wildlfire occur.
“The second burn will commence on Thursday 11 May and will involve the closure of parts of Nature Track at Wentworth Falls.
“The small burn is targeted at asset protection in the Wentworth Falls area,” Mr Henry said.
These burns are some of the many hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS across NSW each year, many with the assistance of the NSW Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW.
These hazard reduction 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.
For more information about national park closures contact the NPWS Heritage Centre on (02) 4787 8877 or visit the National Parks website.
For health information relating to smoke from bush fires and hazard reduction burning, visit NSW Health or the Asthma Foundation.
For more information on hazard reduction activities visit the Rural Fire Service and the Rural Fire Service “Fires near me” App.
Contact: OEH Public Affairs (02) 9995 5347