Extreme heat and fire danger force park closures in Central and North West NSW

The extreme heat and elevated fire danger rating predicted for the weekend of Saturday 11 February and Sunday 12 February, has forced the closure of all national parks and reserves across Central West and North West areas of New South Wales.

Breadknife viewed from Grand High Tops walk, Warrumbungle National Park

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Director Northern Inland, Rob Smith said the closures are a precautionary step to help ensure the safety of the community.

“With temperatures predicted to reach well into the 40s in many places, these areas will be very uncomfortable for even the most hardy, or experienced visitor and the risk of bush fires is heightened,” Mr Smith said.

“For the unprepared or inexperienced it can be dangerous, even deadly,” he said.

“We apologise for any inconvenience but are sure most will appreciate it is the right thing to do in the face of the predicted weather and bushfire risk,” Mr Smith said.

The closures affect all parks across the Upper Central West and North West areas and include:

  • Warrumbungle National Park
  • Pilliga National Park, Pilliga State Conservation Area and Pilliga Nature Reserve
  • Mount Kaputar National Park and
  • Beni State Conservation Area
  • Goonoo State Conservation Area
  • Goobang National Park
  • Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area
  • Borenore Karst Conservation Reserve
  • Mullion Range State Conservation Area
  • Weddin Mountains National Park
  • Nangar National Park
  • Conimbla National Park

For more information on closures in national parks statewide check before you visit: National Parks

Contact: Jacki Roberts