NPWS burn planned for Mount Jerusalem National Park

Smoke can be expected over Koonyum Range, west of Mullumbimby, with a hazard reduction burn planned for this Tuesday 6 June, weather permitting.

Fire personnel conducting hazard reduction burn

NPWS Tweed-Kyogle Area Manager Damien Hofmeyer said that the 50 hectare burn in Mount Jerusalem National Park between Koonyum Range Road and Rayner's Trail would help reduce the risk from summer wildfires.

"Local residents should expect to see smoke, and people with asthma or those susceptible to respiratory problems are advised to keep clear of the area or stay indoors and keep doors and windows closed," Mr Hofmeyer said.

"Motorists are advised that the national park section of Koonyum Range Road will be closed and fire crews will be active on roads in the vicinity of the burns", he said.

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 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'.