Hazard reduction at Mt Kaputar National Park Wednesday 2 August

The National Parks and Wildlife Service is planning to conduct a hazard reduction burn in Mt Kaputar National Park commencing Wednesday 2 August 2017, which will impact visitor access in the park.

Fire trickling up hill along control line on hazard reduction burn

Narrabri Area Manager Martin Linehan said due to the elevation of the hazard reduction area, it is likely smoke will be visible from a significant distance.

"The operation will target a 117 hectare area between Scutts firetrail and the Rocky Plateau firetrail (Kaputar Plateau walking track) on the Kaputar Plateau.

"There will be no visitor access to the Kaputar Plateau, any of the walking tracks above Coryah Gap nor along the Barraba Track, due to fire crews operating off the Kaputar Rd and smoke impacts.

"Visitors can still visit Coryah Gap walking track, Yulludunida walking track, Sawn Rocks and Waa Gorge.

"Facilities which will be impacted include Bark Hut precinct, Dawsons Spring precinct, Governor walking track, Mt Kaputar summit and walking track, Bundabulla walking track, Lindesay Rocks walking track, Eckford Lookout and Doug Sky Lookout.

"We apologise for any inconvenience, but we need to act quickly to implement our hazard reduction program when weather opportunities present themselves," Mr Linehan said.

This burn is one of many hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS across NSW each year, many with assistance from the RFS and FRNSW.

It is part of the NSW Government's $76 million package over six 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 the NSW Health website or the Asthma Foundation.

More information on hazard reduction activities: visit NSW Rural Fire Service and the RFS 'Fires near me' app.