Parts of Morton National Park closed for hazard reduction burn

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is planning to undertake a large hazard reduction burn in Morton National Park, west of Ulladulla, on 17 - 18 May 2017.

Hazard reduction burn

NPWS Area Manager Neale Watson said the 5000 hectare burn will see the closure of parts of Morton National Park for bushwalking and other activities for visitor safety.

"Pigeon House Mountain Didthul, Mount Bushwalker, Mount Talaterang and tracks on Little Forest Plateau will be closed for the duration of the burn," said Mr Watson.

"Visitors planning a trip to the Ulladulla area of Morton National Park are advised to check the NPWS website for up to date information on various track and trail closures.

"Smoke may also be visible over parts of Ulladulla throughout the two-day operation and NPWs apologises for any inconvenience.

"Those with asthma or people who are susceptible to respiratory problems should avoid the area or remain inside with windows and doors closed.

"Motorists are reminded that smoke may affect visibility, so please drive to conditions, adhere to local signage and any direction given by our onsite fire crews," Mr Watson 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.

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: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au and the RFS "Fires Near Me" app.