NPWS hazard reduction burn near Howes Valley in Yengo National Park

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is planning a hazard reduction burn near Howes Valley in Yengo National Park, south of Singleton, on Thursday 11 May 2017.

Mount Yengo lookout, Yengo National Park

NPWS Area Manager Peta Norris said the low intensity burn is being undertaken to reduce fuel loads in the area.

“The burn will take place to the east of the Putty Rd, north of the Northern Link trail and the Old Convict Rd, and east of the Old Bulga Rd” Ms Norris said.

“Burning will commence at approximately 11am on Thursday, with crews continuing through until at least Friday, weather permitting.

“Smoke may be seen from a distance and is unlikely to impact on populated areas,” said Ms Norris.

The southern section of the Old Bulga Rd in Yengo National Park will be closed on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 May. Traffic controllers will be in place along the Putty Rd, in case of smoke hazards and fire fighting vehicles.

This hazard reduction burn has been endorsed by the Singleton Bushfire Management Committee, which is made up of local bushfire experts and landholders to identify and address local bushfire risks.

These burns 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 visit the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website www.rfs.nsw.gov.au and the RFS “Fires Near Me” app.