Hazard reduction burn at St Ives in Garigal National Park

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will conduct a hazard reduction burn from Wednesday 1 to Thursday 2 September behind Cambourne Ave at St Ives in Garigal National Park, weather permitting.

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This burn is one of many hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS across NSW each year and is supported by the NSW Rural Fire Service and Ku-ring-gai Council.

Around 11 hectares will be treated over three days to protect the properties and community and reduce the bushfire hazard to surrounding areas.

The burn area is located along Douglas Street and behind Cambourne Ave and Newlyn Close, between the Cascades Trail and the Upper Cambourne Trail.

The Cascades Trail between Douglas St and The Lower Cambourne Trail, and the Upper Cambourne Trail will remain closed for several days after the burn until assessed as safe.

Motorists are advised to follow the directions of traffic controllers. Traffic control will be in place on Douglas St and Cambourne Avenue.

The NPWS hazard reduction program for 2021 will be focussed on undertaking essential burns in areas close to neighbours and important assets and protecting significant habitat to ensure ongoing recovery of the State's wildlife that was impacted by the summer bushfires.

Undertaking this burn will help manage the potential risk of bushfire to communities and the environment before next summer. This work also provides firefighters safe zones and access where they can defend properties should a bushfire occur.

All burns across NSW will continue to be coordinated with the Rural Fire Service to ensure the impact on the community, including from smoke, are assessed at a regional level.

Hazard reductions are an essential activity under the current Public Health Orders and will be conducted in a COVID-19 safe manner to ensure the safety of fire crews and the community.

COVID-19 safety briefings are provided to all staff who are required to wear masks along with their normal fire personal protective equipment. Contact tracing is also enabled via the QR code sign-in all fire crews must complete when starting.

Details on specific burns will be made available in advance on the Rural Fire Service website, 'Fires Near Me' app, and on the NPWS Alerts website.

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

For up to date information on these, and other, planned hazard reduction activities, visit the Rural Fire Service.