Hazard reduction burn at Wedderburn, Dharawal National Park

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) in cooperation with the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) will conduct a hazard reduction burn in Dharawal National Park on Wednesday 28 April 2021, weather permitting.

Trainee field officer, NPWS staff conducting the Olive hazard reduction burn in Scheyville National Park

NPWS South Coast Branch Director Kane Weeks said that the 'Minerva' hazard reduction burn in the northern part of Dharawal National Park will cover approximately 25 hectares.

"To ensure visitor safety, the northern end of Dharawal National Park at Wedderburn will be closed during the burn, visitors should check NPWS Alerts for up to date information," said Mr Weeks.

"The burn is in a strategic location and will help limit the potential spread of wildfire to surrounding private properties in Wedderburn.

"The burn will be conducted near Minerva pool, a sacred site to the Dharawal people and the operation has been planned in consultation with the Tharawal Local Aboriginal Land Council.

"In respect to local Aboriginal communities and the cultural significance of Minerva Pools, all NPWS and RFS firefighters involved in this burn are women," Mr Weeks said.

This burn may produce smoke that will be visible to nearby communities and particularly to neighbouring residents.

Smoke from bush fires and hazard reduction burning can affect some people more than others.

NSW Health reminds people that children, older adults and those with heart and lung conditions are most susceptible to the effects of air pollution and excessive smoke.

If you have asthma or a lung condition, reduce outdoor activities if smoke levels are high and if shortness of breath or coughing develops, take your reliever medicine or seek medical advice.

This burn is one of 12 hazard reduction burns NPWS has planned for the Illawarra area this autumn, and one of the many burns undertaken by NPWS across NSW each year.

For more information on hazard reduction activities visit the Rural Fire Service and their 'Fires Near Me' app.