Hazard reduction burn at Abercrombie River National Park near Oberon tomorrow

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and Rural Fire Service (RFS) are planning a hazard reduction burn in Abercrombie River National Park near Paling Yards tomorrow (Saturday 13 May) and Sunday (14 May), weather permitting.

Helicopter, fire hazard reduction burn

NPWS Area Manager Kim de Govrik said the burn will be in remote country 40 kilometres south of Oberon and just west of Abercrombie Road.

“The 915-hectare burn is due to begin at about 10am tomorrow and will run into Sunday.

“NPWS will use a helicopter and ground crews in the steep terrain in the south-east corner of the Park,” Mr de Govrik said.

“In the interests of public safety Silent Creek, Quobleigh and Black Bett fire trails will be closed from Friday 12 May and will remain closed for the duration of the burn.

“People are advised that smoke from the burn may impact upon the local area and they should close their windows and bring their washing indoors.

“Those with asthma or people who are susceptible to respiratory problems should avoid the area or remain inside with windows and doors closed.

“Motorists are reminded to drive to the conditions, observe all warning signs and follow directions from fire crews,” Mr de Govrik said.

These burns are some of the many hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS across NSW each year, many with the assistance of the RFS. Burns can only be undertaken during small windows of opportunity when weather conditions are suitable.

“Working closely with other agencies, NPWS closely monitors weather forecasts taking every opportunity to continue its hazard reduction program during favourable conditions,” Mr de Govrik added.

This burn 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 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

Contact: OEH Public Affairs (02) 9995 5347