Hazard reduction burn in Bournda National Park

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will conduct a hazard reduction burn in Bournda National Park south of Wallagoot Lake, beginning Wednesday 10 March.

Staff from Metro South West and Blue Mountains regions undertaking the Pisgah Ridge hazard reduction burn near Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains National Park

Traffic may be impacted on the section of Bournda Road that runs through the park, and Scotts Bay will be closed for the duration of the operation. Smoke may impact visibility and drivers are urged to take care and follow directions from NPWS crews.

Approximately 100 hectares will be treated in this section of Bournda National Park to protect nearby community residents as well as park campground assets.

These areas were not directly impacted by fire in either the summer of 2019–20 or 2020–21 and it is important that these burns go ahead to help protect residents from future fire events. It will also help to maintain biodiversity and reduce fuel loads in the area.

Undertaking these burns will help manage the potential risk of bushfire to communities and the environment. This work also provides firefighters safe zones and access where they can defend properties should a bushfire occur.

All burns across New South Wales will continue to be coordinated with the Rural Fire Service 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 the NPWS Alerts website, which also includes updates on any resulting park closures.

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.