Hazard reduction burn for Wyrrabalong National Park

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), assisted by Fire and Rescue NSW will be conducting a hazard reduction burn in Wyrrabalong National Park, at Bateau Bay later this afternoon Tuesday 22 November 2022.

Georges River National Park hazard reduction burn

The aim of the burn between Yaruga Street and Crackneck Lookout within Wyrrabalong National Park is to improve protection of residential property assets along Yaruga, Hilltop, and Rickard Streets and other neighbouring properties.

The burn is planned to start at approximately 2 pm through to 10pm with crews patrolling the fireground throughout the night and into the following day until safe to leave and once the burn is declared out.

The Coast walking track between Yulong Street and Stephenson Road will be closed for the burn operations.

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

People with known health conditions should sign up to get air quality reports, forecasts and alerts via email or SMS and check the RFS website for advice and for 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.

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.