Hazard reduction burns in Conjola National Park

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will undertake two hazard reduction burns south of Wandandian in Conjola National Park today (11/5).

Aerial view Conjola National Park, coast and estuary

NPWS Area Manager Greg Tedder said crews will carry out a 5 hectare burn just north of the Sussex Inlet Road and an 18 hectare burn along Sussex Inlet Road within the park.

"Both fires will burn close to the Princes Highway and speed restrictions will be in place throughout the operation," Mr Tedder said.

"Motorists are reminded to drive to conditions and are urged to follow all signage and advice from onsite traffic controllers and fire crews.

"NPWS apologise for any inconvenience caused to motorists from these burns and the impact of smoke in the area.

"The aim of these burns is to help protect private properties adjoining the national park estate and to limit the intensity of any wildfire that may occur in the area.

"Smoke is unlikely to affect residential areas, however, residents with asthma or other respiratory problems that reside in Wandandian and along Sussex Inlet Road are advised to stay indoors if smoke drifts in their direction" Mr Tedder said.

These burns are part 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: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au and the RFS 'Fires near me app'.