Hazard reduction burn for Garigal National Park

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), assisted by the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS), will be conducting a hazard reduction burn in Garigal National Park this Friday 11 November to Sunday 13 November, depending on weather conditions.

Porto Hazard reduction Burn, Kuring-gai-chase National Park, August 2021.

The 33-hectare burn will extend northeast from the Lyrebird Track between the Boree access trail and the Casuarina track (Davidson Park entrance).

The aim of the burn is to protect properties adjacent to the prescribed burn area in Frenchs Forest, to reduce the spread of wildfire within Garigal National Park and to promote biodiversity by maintaining appropriate fire regimes across the reserve system.

All tracks and trails in the area will be closed for public safety. Tracks will be reopened once assessed as safe.

Smoke may be visible and people with asthma or other respiratory problems are advised to keep clear of the burn area or stay indoors, close windows and doors, and follow their health plan.

People with known health conditions can sign up to receive air quality reports, forecasts and alerts via email or SMS. The RFS website also provides advice and regular updates on planned burns.

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

This burn is one of many hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS across NSW each year, many with assistance from the Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW.

These hazard reduction burns are essential to reduce bushfire fuel loads to help protect the parks, neighbours and communities from summer bushfires.

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.

More information on hazard reduction activities is available at: NSW Rural Fire Service and the RFS "Fires Near Me" website and app.

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