Hazard reduction burn in Brisbane Water National Park

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a hazard reduction burn in Brisbane Water National Park on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd August 2017 at Horsfield Bay, which may have smoke impacts for local communities.

Hazard reduction burn

NPWS manager Angela Lonergan said this is part of an ongoing fire management strategy which aims to protect lives, property and the biodiversity of the Brisbane Water National Park. 

“The 166 hectare burn will be undertaken with assistance from the Rural Fire Service (RFS),” Ms Lonergan said.

“The burn will take place over two days, starting approximately 9.30 am on Monday with crews continuing into the evening, finishing up on Tuesday 22nd August, weather permitting.

“Partial closures and smoke may affect Woy Woy Road. Fire vehicles will be using this road, so drivers are warned to take care and drive to conditions.

“A section of the Great North Walk, Tunnel Fire Trail and Tommos Loop Fire Trail will be closed for the duration of the burn. Access to the area will be restricted to fire personnel only.

“Smoke may also affect the suburbs of Woy Woy Bay, Phegans Bay, Horsfield Bay, Woy Woy and Umina.

“This hazard reduction burn has been approved by the Central Coast Bushfire Committee, which is made up of local bushfire experts to identify and address local bushfire risks.

“People with asthma or those susceptible to respiratory problems are advised to stay indoors, close windows and doors and follow their health plan,” Ms Lonergan said.

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 RFS and Fire and Rescue NSW.

They are part of the NSW Government's six-year $76 million package to boost bushfire preparedness and double hazard reduction in the State's national parks.

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

More information on hazard reduction activities: Rural Fire Service NSW and the RFS 'Fires Near Me’ app.