Successful burn in Abercrombie River National Park

The National Parks and Wildlife Service in conjunction with the Rural Fire Service and a private landholder, has completed a successful 950 hectare hazard reduction in Abercrombie River National Park.

Hazard reduction burn in Abercrombie River National Park

NPWS Area Manager Kim de Govrik said the burn was planned and carried out with the cooperation of Burraga RFS brigade.

“The burn was part of a strategy aimed at protecting local assets such as private dwellings and infrastructure, NPWS campgrounds and pine plantations.

“Hazard reduction operations are an essential part of our fire preparations and rugged parks such as Abercrombie River National Park provide some challenges, in conducting a successful burning operation that meets its operational objectives.

“In this instance we used ground ignition by NPWS staff as well as members of the local Burraga Brigade of the Rural Fire Service, assisted by air operations.

“The ground ignition enables us to cover the perimeter of the planned burn area, while the use of the helicopter, with incendiaries and the aerial drip torch enables us to fill in parts of the burn that are difficult for ground crews to access.

“In this case the aerial drip torch ignition proved an essential part of the hazard reduction.

“These operations require detailed preparation and we have a whole series of planned hazard reductions on the books and approved by local the Bushfire Management Committee, ready to go when the right weather conditions present.

“This one was able to occur when a small window of opportunity presented itself with a dry spell in late autumn.

“NPWS would like to thank the members and brigades of the Chifley Zone Rural Fire Service who always assist us in our hazard reduction program as well as the local landholder whose support of the operation and local knowledge helped make the day a success,” Mr De Govrik 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.

More information on hazard reduction activities: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au and the RFS “Fires near me app.”

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