NPWS burns planned for northern and north-western Sydney

Sydneysiders can expect to see smoke over the city from Tuesday 25 July for the next several days, with a number of hazard reduction burns planned across northern and north-western Sydney, weather permitting.

Hazard reduction burn, National Parks and Wildlife Service staff

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Director Deon van Rensburg said the burns in Wallumatta Nature Reserve in Ryde, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and Rouse Hill Regional Park would help reduce the risk from summer wildfires.

"The first burn is planned for Tuesday 25 July at Wallumatta Nature Reserve in East Ryde. The 1.7 hectare hazard reduction burn will not involve any road closures, but smoke may impact Cressy Road, Twin Road and the surrounding streets, and the burn will be small but is likely to be highly visible," said Mr van Rensburg.

"An 85 hectare hazard reduction burn will take place in North Turramurra from Wednesday 26 July for two to three days near the Sphinx Memorial, near the Bobbin Head Road entrance to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Multiple aircraft will be involved in this operation, and there won't be any road closures, but parts of the national park will be closed during the operation including the Sphinx Track, the Sphinx Trail and parts of the Warrimoo walking track.

"And a 10.3 hectare hazard reduction burn is planned for northern half of Rouse Hill Regional Park, also on Wednesday 26 July, for up to two days. This operation has no planned road closures, but residents can expect a possible smoke hazard on Worcester Road and Windsor Road.

"People with asthma or those susceptible to respiratory problems are advised to stay indoors, close windows and doors, reduce physical activity and follow their health plan," said Mr van Rensburg.

People with known health conditions should sign up to get air quality reports, forecasts and alerts via email or SMS and check the NSW Rural Fire Service website for advice and for regular updates on planned burns.

The NPWS conducts controlled burns for a range of purposes including asset protection, strategic fire control, maintenance of biodiversity and research.

These burns are some of many hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS across NSW each year, many with assistance from the Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue NSW and local councils.

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: NSW Rural Fire Service and the RFS 'Fires near me' app.