NPWS hazard reduction burns around Nowra area this week

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will undertake two remote area burns in Morton National Park west of Nowra today, Wednesday 10 May 2017.

Hazard reduction burn, National Parks and Wildlife Service staff

NPWS area manager for Nowra, Greg Tedder said a helicopter will be used to drop incendiaries on the Colley and Mt Edwards plateaus in the Park’s wilderness area.

“The aim will be to achieve a low intensity burn across the two areas,” said Mr Tedder.

“The objective of the burns will be to reduce the volume of naturally accumulated fuels within strategic areas of the Park, help limit the intensity and rate of spread of any wildfire that may occur.

“Achieving a patchy burn will also provide ecological benefits in introducing variability in age and structure of the vegetation.”

Bushwalkers are asked to avoid the Colley and Mt Edwards Plateau areas of Morton National Park for over the next week.

In addition to the direct threat of fire, there are other safety risks within areas recently burnt, including the danger of falling trees or branches.

As the hazard reduction burn areas are about 25 kilometres west of Nowra smoke is unlikely to impact on residents, however smoke drift may ‘settle’ in Burrier and Kangaroo Valley during the evening.

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 and the RFS “Fires Near Me” app.

Further information on this and other hazard reduction burns in the Region can be obtained from the NPWS on 4423 2170.