Georges River National Park hazard reduction burn completed

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) in conjunction with Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) and NSW Rural Fire Service(NSW RFS) completed a hazard reduction burn in the Georges River National Park at Beauty Point, Padstow Heights on 8 May.

Georges River National Park hazard reduction burn

The 20 hectares burn in the Beauty Point and Berkley Road area will help protect the communities of Beauty Point and Padstow Heights and reduce the risk of wildfire to surrounding properties.

The burn began around 10am and public access to Georges River National Park within Padstow Heights including walk tracks as well as the footpath along Alfords Point Road was closed during the burning operations.

The NPWS hazard reduction program for 2020 is focussed on essential burns to protect park neighbours, assets or significant habitat to ensure ongoing recovery of the wildlife impacted by the summer bushfires.

Undertaking burns when conditions are right to ensure they are safe and effective is an important part of managing the potential risk of bushfire to communities and the environment before next summer.

This work also provides firefighters safe zones and access where they can defend properties, should a bushfire occur.

All burns across New South Wales will continue to be coordinated with the RFS to ensure the impact on the community, including from smoke, are assessed at a regional level.

Details on specific burns will be made available in advance on the Rural Fire Service website, 'Fires Near Me' app, and on NPWS Alerts website.

For health information relating to smoke from bush fires and hazard reduction burning, visit NSW Health or the Asthma Foundation.

For up to date information on these, and other, planned hazard reduction activities, visit the Rural Fire Service.