Hazard reduction burn for Myall Lakes National Park

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), will be conducting a hazard reduction burn in Myall Lakes National Park at Violet Hill, south east Bulahdelah Thursday, 19 August 2021.

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

The 217 hectares burn is adjacent to Violet Hill Campground. The aim of the prescribed treatment is to provide a strategic fuel reduced zone within the Park.

The plan it to complete the implementation of the burn on Thursday with ongoing mop up and patrol over subsequent days to take advantage of mild weather conditions. NPWS crews will be working on Violet Hill Road to implement the burn which is currently closed to public access due to road works.

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 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 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 the Asthma Foundation.