Hazard Reduction burn in Arakoola Nature Reserve

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has scheduled a hazard reduction burn on Thursday 17 September in Arakoola Nature Reserve, south-east of the township of Coolatai.

Active fire line view from vehicle

The NPWS hazard reduction program for 2020 focusses on essential burns to protect park neighbours, assets or significant habitat to ensure ongoing recovery of the wildlife impacted by the summer bushfires.

Arakoola Nature Reserve has a total area of 3,180 hectares. This burn is planned to cover an area of around 160 hectares in the north west corner of the reserve. Burning will take place during Thursday, with some smoke likely beyond that time.

The objectives of the burn include the reduction of available fuels to mitigate the risks posed by wildfire, and to maintain a healthy landscape providing suitable habitat for a range of native plants and wildlife.

All burns across NSW continue to be coordinated with the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) to ensure the impact on the community, including from smoke, are assessed at a regional level. Details on specific burns will be made available in advance on the Rural Fire Service website, ‘Fires Near Me’ app, and on NPWS Alerts website.

All hazard reduction burns over 50 hectares will be assessed by the NSW RFS in conjunction with NSW Health as required to ensure smoke impacts are minimised.

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

For up to date information on these, and other, planned hazard reduction activities, visit the Rural Fire Service.