Winter hazard reduction programs cover 5,000 hectares

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) says a successful burning program over winter has seen 5,000 hectares of parks in the Glen Innes and Tenterfield areas hazard reduced.

The key objective with hazard reduction burning is to protect life and property in case of fire

NPWS Glen Innes Area Manager Darren Pitt said suitable weather conditions presented ideal opportunities to carry out the burn program.

"We have a very small burning window in winter as the temperature can get very low on the Northern Tablelands, so we have to have our planning in place, ready to take advantage of any opportunities that present themselves," Mr Pitt said.

"This winter we were able to activate our program, because we had plans, resources identified and preparation works completed.

Successful burns were conducted in:

  • Nymboida National Park, south of Jackadgery with more than 1,900 hectares treated, near the Nymboida River.
  • Washpool National Park, with more than 3,000 hectares treated in two burns, one centred east of Deepwater and one south east of Tenterfield.

"The key objective with our burning program is to protect life and property in case of fire, but individual burns have specific objectives.

"One of the Washpool National Park burns was aimed at fuel reduction and asset protection around the Four Bulls Hut, which is a popular accommodation spot for visitors to the park.

"A section of the Nymboida burn was also part of a weed control strategy.

"We will continue to monitor weather conditions and have other planned burns ready to go, should the opportunity arise," Mr Pitt said.

The hazard reduction burns were 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.

Photos for media: Glen Innes and Tenterfield areas hazard reduction program.

Contact: Vanessa Fuchs