NPWS Hazard reduction burn around Jervis Bay

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a hazard reduction burn in Jervis Bay National Park today (9/5).

Hazard reduction burns help lessen the threat of bushfires

NPWS Area Manager, Greg Tedder said crews plan to undertake a 27 hectare burn on Jervis Bay Road just west of Worrowing Heights as weather conditions remain favourable.

"The aim is to reduce the amount of natural fuels in strategic areas of the reserves to help limit the intensity and rate of spread of any wildfire that may occur," Mr Tedder said.

"Motorists using Jervis Bay (Naval College) Road between Forest Road and the Wool Road, are asked to drive carefully as smoke may impede visibility at times during the day.

"Smoke is unlikely to affect residential areas, however residents with asthma or respiratory problems in the Worrowing Heights or Crambourne Road sections of Tomerong are advised to stay indoors if smoke drifts in their direction," Mr Tedder said.

The proposed burn is part of many hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS across NSW each year, many with assistance from the RFS 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'.