Hazard reduction burn at Coolana in the Blue Mountains

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a hazard reduction burn at Coolana in the Blue Mountains National Park today Tuesday 27 April.

Staff from Metro South West and Blue Mountains regions undertaking the Pisgah Ridge hazard reduction burn near Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains National Park

Around 600 hectares will be treated. Smoke may impact visibility on the Great Western Highway during the operation, and drivers are urged to take care.

It is important this burn goes ahead to help protect residents and businesses from future large fire events. It will also help to maintain biodiversity and reduce fuel loads in the area.

Depending on conditions, other burns may also be carried out in the region next week so smoke may be visible in the area for several days.

We thank our neighbours and visitors to the region for their understanding.

People with asthma or who are susceptible to respiratory problems are advised to keep clear of the area or stay indoors.

The hazard reduction burn will be a joint operation between NPWS and the NSW Rural Fire Service.

All park and trail closures will be listed on the NPWS Alerts website.

The Coolana burn is one of 12 hazard reductions the NPWS has planned in the Blue Mountains National Park this autumn. They are just some of the many hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS across NSW each year.

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

More information on hazard reduction activities visit the Rural Fire Service and the Rural Fire Service “Fires near me” app.