Hazard reduction burn Brisbane Water National Park

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a hazard reduction burn in Brisbane Water National Park starting today Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th April 2018 at Kariong.

Fire hazard reduction

NPWS manager Steve Atkins said this is part of an ongoing fire management strategy which aims to protect lives, property and the biodiversity of the Park. 

“The 151 hectares burn will be undertaken with assistance from the Rural Fire Service (RFS),” Mr Atkins said.

“The burn will take place over two days, starting approximately 9.30am on Monday with crews continuing into the evening, finishing up on Tuesday 24 April, weather permitting.

“Smoke may impact residents of Kariong and motorists using Woy Woy Road and local roads in Kariong. Fire vehicles will be using these roads, so drivers are warned to take care and drive to conditions.

Bulgandry Art Site Aboriginal Place, Kariong Fire Break Trail, Woy Woy Road Fire Trail, and Kariong Scout Camp Trail will be closed for the duration of the burn. Access to the area will be restricted to fire and authorised personnel only.

“This hazard reduction burn has been approved by the Central Coast Bushfire Committee, which is made up of local bushfire experts to identify and address local bushfire risks.

“People with asthma or those susceptible to respiratory problems are advised to stay indoors, close windows and doors and follow their health plan,” Mr Atkins said.

The NPWS conducts controlled burns for a range of purposes including asset protection, strategic fire control, maintenance of biodiversity and research.

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.