Hazard reduction burn in Bongil Bongil National Park
The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), supported by the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) is planning a hazard reduction burn in Bongil Bongil National Park Thursday 25 May.
The purpose of the 30-hectare, low-intensity burn is to reduce fuel loads in the park to protect homes and community assets in Repton and Bundagen.
The burn is due to begin at approximately 11 am, with crews patrolling the fire ground throughout the day.
Smoke may impact Overhead Bridge Rd and the Old Coast Rd. Motorists are advised to drive to conditions.
Access to the park will be closed during the burning operations, including the informal Speed Trap and Bull Paddock trails. Signage will be in place.
Smoke may be visible in the National Park and from surrounding residential areas. People with asthma or those who are susceptible to respiratory problems are advised to keep clear of the area or stay indoors.
Hazard reduction burns are essential to reduce bushfire fuel loads to help protect parks, neighbours and communities from future bushfires.
This burn is one of many hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS each year, many with assistance from the Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW.
All burns around the state are coordinated with the NSW Rural Fire Service to ensure the impact on the community is assessed at a regional level.
People with known health conditions can sign up to receive air quality reports, forecasts and alerts via email or SMS from the Department of Planning and Environment.
For health information relating to smoke from bush fires and hazard reduction burning, visit the NSW Health website or Asthma Australia.
More information on hazard reduction activities is available at NSW Rural Fire Service and the NSW Government Hazards Near Me website and app.