NPWS hazard reduction burn at Agnes Banks Nature Reserve Saturday 26 August

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is planning to undertake a hazard reduction burn at Agnes Banks Nature Reserve, Saturday 26 August 2017, weather permitting.

Hazard reduction burn in upper Blue Mountains woodland

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Director Deon van Rensburg said the burn is planned to lower the risk of wildfires that may impact the area.

“The small 18 hectare burn will take place within Agnes Banks Nature Reserve, and may create smoke that could impact Rickards Road and Castlereagh Road, and traffic control will be in place although no road closures are planned,” Mr van Rensburg said.

“Residents in the vicinity of the burn (Rickards Road, Geebungs Close, Castlereagh Road and Kooringal Drive) may be affected by smoke.

“All tracks and trails in Agnes Banks Nature Reserve will be closed for the duration of this operation.

“The burn is expected to take one day to complete with mopping up continuing for several days afterwards,” he said.

NSW Health advice during hazard reduction burns for people with asthma and those susceptible to respiratory problems includes staying indoors, closing windows and doors and following their health plan. Ensure that pets are secure within property boundaries and have an area that provides protection for them during the burn.

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.

NPWS conducts controlled burns for a range of purposes including asset protection, strategic fire control, maintenance of biodiversity and research 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 six-year $76 million package to boost bushfire preparedness and double hazard reduction in the State's national parks.

For more information on all burns visit: Rural Fire Service NSW or download the RFS 'Fires Near Me’ app

For health information relating to smoke from bush fires and hazard reduction burning, visit the NSW Health website or the Asthma Foundation.