NPWS hazard reduction burn planned for Glenbrook area

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is planning to undertake a hazard reduction burn in the Blue Mountains National Park near Glenbrook on Friday 25 August, weather permitting.

Staff from Metro South West and Blue Mountains regions undertaking the Pisgah Ridge hazard reduction burn near Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains National Park

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Director David Crust said the burn is planned to lower the risk of wildfires that may impact the villages of Glenbrook, Lapstone, and the township of Mulgoa.

“The 450 hectare burn will take place about 5 kilometres south of Glenbrook, weather conditions permitting, and may create smoke that could impact the lower Blue Mountains communities of Glenbrook, Springwood and Blaxland,” Mr Crust said.

“The Glenbrook precinct of Blue Mountains National Park will be closed for the duration of this operation, including the Woodford-Oaks trail, Red Hands Cave, Nepean Lookout and Campfire Creek Walking Track.

“No road closures are planned but smoke may impact the Great Western Highway.”

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.

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.