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Campfires okay for now

Media release: 19 November 2013

Recent rainfall and cooler conditions, has greatly reduced fire danger across the Lower North Coast Region, prompting a lifting of the ban on wood fires in national parks from Port Stephens to Port Macquarie.

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Lower North Coast Regional Manager Robert Quirk said that the much welcomed rainfall and cooler conditions experienced across the region over the past week, has thankfully reduced the fire risk to the region’s national parks and reserves.

Mr. Quirk said “The lifting of the park fire ban means that people can again enjoy a campfire when visiting a national park in the region, where campfires are normally permitted.

“People are reminded to use the designated fireplaces which are provided for public safety and comfort, and to bring their own firewood with them.

“In addition, before lighting a campfire in any national park, visitors should check that wood fires are permitted in that particular park, or if fire ban is in place. A Park Fire Ban may again be implemented during summer, if fire weather conditions deteriorate”, Mr. Quirk said.

For further information visit www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au, or call NPWS Lower North Coast Region on 02 4984 8200.

Contact: Lawrence Orel

Page last updated: 19 November 2013