Warm calm weather perfect for hazard reduction burning

The National Parks and Wildlife Service is currently undertaking hazard reduction burning within Georges Creek Nature Reserve, Oxley Wild Rivers and Cunnawarra National Parks, to take advantage of weather conditions.

Hazard reduction burn, Northern Tablelands, August 2016

NPWS Area Operations Coordinator Aaron Simmon said six hazard reduction burns are in progress across an area of over 3500ha.

“Hazard reduction burning is important to reduce forest fuel loads throughout strategic zones aimed to help control the spread of damaging wildfire, should one occur in future months.

“In large, remote and rugged national parks such as Oxley Wild Rivers it is important to have a strategy for managing such zones.

“We are also burning some areas throughout the reserves for ecological outcomes and forest health.

“The Australian bush has evolved with the fire, it is important that we don’t totally exclude fire from vegetation communities that actually need it to reproduce for example”.  

“The local NPWS staff are highly trained and experienced firefighters and the hazard reduction burning season provides a great opportunity for us to get ready for the bushfire season ahead.

“Burning under planned controlled, mild conditions allows us to train new staff and upskill those that have been with us for a while. It also gives us a chance to test our equipment and systems.”

“Hazard reduction burning is expected to be completed throughout these reserves by the end of the month,” Mr Simmon said.

For additional information phone the National Parks Area Office in Armidale on (02) 6777 4700 or visit National Parks and Wildlife.

This hazard reduction burn is 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 NSW Health or the Asthma Foundation.

More information on hazard reduction activities visit the Rural Fire Service and the Rural Fire Service “Fires near me” App

Contact: Jacki Roberts