Cultural burn planned for Bermagui Flora Reserve

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is supporting a cultural burn planned for the Far South Coast’s Bermagui Flora Reserve on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 March, weather permitting.

Cool cultural burn in Rick Farley Reserve in NSW's far west

The cultural burn will be done together with Aboriginal fire practitioners from the local Aboriginal community and Firestick Alliance members.

The 6 ha burn will take place in the Nutley’s Creek and Pigs Crossing area of the flora reserve.

Cultural burns can be undertaken in many ways and during tomorrow’s burn the undergrowth will be burnt very slowly and methodically so animals have time to move away and to leave some unburnt patches of bush.

While this is a cultural burn, being run to connect people to Country and to make Country healthy, it will also help to reduce naturally accumulate fuel loads in the park and contribute to hazard reduction activities.

This burn is a continuation on ongoing program that supports and recognises cultural burning as a fundamental way to manage fire in the landscape and connect people to Country.

Smoke may be visible from Bermagui and properties neighbouring the Reserve, and National Parks and Wildlife Service thanks neighbours for their understanding.

People with known health conditions can sign up to receive air quality reports, forecasts and alerts via email or SMS from the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water.

For health information relating to smoke from bushfires and hazard reduction burns, visit NSW Health or Asthma Australia.

More information on hazard reduction activities is available at NSW Rural Fire Service and the NSW Government’s Hazards Near Me website and app.