Hazard Reduction at Mount Kaputar

The National Parks and Wildlife Service is planning to undertake a hazard reduction burn in Mount Kaputar National Park Friday 6 April with smoke likely to be visible in the surrounding area over the weekend.

Mount Kaputar National Park hazard reduction burning

Northern Inland Team Leader Fire Peter Berney, said the burn was aimed at property protection in case of wildfire.

"It is quite incredible that a few weeks ago we were putting out a fire in Mount Kaputar National Park and now we are commencing out autumn burning season, but that is the complex nature of fire management.

"This burn should be just over 530 hectares in size and will be concentrated on the edge of the park, aimed at protecting neighbouring properties.

"Mount Kaputar is such a dominant feature in the landscape, the smoke plume is likely to be visible from towns in surrounding areas including Narrabri, Barraba, Baan Baa, Boggabri, Barraba, Bingara, Upper Horton and Wee Waa.

"However, based on current predictions, smoke is not expected to settle and impact these communities.

"The lighting of this hazard reduction will depend on conditions on the day and will only go ahead if the weather is right," Mr Berney said.

This hazard reduction burn is part of the NSW Government's $76 million package over 6 years to boost bushfire preparedness and double hazard reduction in the State's national parks, where conditions allow.

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

For more information on hazard reduction activities visit the Rural Fire Service and the Rural Fire Service "Fires near me" App.