Hazard reduction burn at Pelican Beach, Wyrrabalong National Park

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is planning a hazard reduction burn at Pelican Beach, next to Wyrrabalong National Park on Thursday 30 May, weather permitting.

Fire hazard reduction burn

NPWS Central Coast Area Manager Stephen Atkins said the 86 hectare burn will be located at Pelican Beach, which is bound by Wilfred-Barrett Drive at Magenta on the Central Coast Highway, Pelican Beach Road and Tuggerah Beach Trail about 2.5 kilometres south-west of Norah Head.

The burn will be conducted to take advantage of the forecast south-westerly winds.

“It will help protect the park and also limit the potential spread of wildfire to surrounding private properties,” Mr Atkins said.

“The burn is due to begin at about 10:30am on Thursday with ongoing patrols on Friday”, he said.

“Pelican Beach Road through Wyrrabalong National Park will be closed to the public during burning operations.

“Motorists and the public are reminded to use caution and observe all warning signs or directions from fire crews when driving along Wilfred-Barret Drive.

“We thank our neighbours for their understanding.

“People with asthma or who are susceptible to respiratory problems are advised to keep clear of the area or stay indoors,” Mr Atkins said.

These burns are some of the many hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS across NSW each year, many with the assistance of the NSW Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW.

This hazard reduction 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.

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