NPWS Hazard reduction burn around Queanbeyan
The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will undertake a hazard reduction burn in Queanbeyan Nature Reserve today (29/5).
NPWS Area Operations Coordinator Maggie Sutcliffe said the Reserve will be closed from Monday (29/5) to Wednesday (31/5) for visitor safety throughout the operation.
"The hazard reduction burn aims to reduce fuel loads in the Reserve and will be undertaken adjacent to Lanyon Drive," Ms Sutcliffe said.
"It is unlikely smoke will impact the road or visibility but motorists are reminded to drive to conditions and are urged to follow all signage and advice from onsite traffic controllers and fire crews.
"Smoke is unlikely to affect residential areas however people with asthma or other respiratory problems are advised to stay indoors if smoke drifts in their direction.
"The Reserve is expected to re-open Thursday 1 June but visitors are advised to check the NPWS website for up to date information," Ms Sutcliffe said.
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.
More information on hazard reduction activities: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au and the RFS 'Fires near me app'.