Hazard reduction burn in Dharawal National Park and Woronora Special Area

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), Water NSW and NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) are planning a hazard reduction burn in the Dharawal National Park and Woronora Special Area Catchment, Sunday 28 April, weather permitting.

Park Air 3 working on the Woronora SFAZ Hazard Reduction burn in Heathcote National Park

NPWS Acting Area Manager Melinda Norton said the 204 hectare burn is located at the end of Darkes Forest Road to the west of the properties in Darkes Forest.

"This burn will help protect the Park, water catchment and limit the potential spread of wildfire to surrounding private properties," Ms Norton said.

"The burn is due to begin at about 10am and motorists are reminded to drive to conditions and observe warning signs or directions from fire crews.

"Public access to this part of the park will be closed during the burning operations.

"Smoke from the burn program may be visible in Wollongong and Helensburgh for a few days. Fire crews will be patrolling the Darkes Forest area.

"We thank our neighbours for their understanding.

"People with asthma or who are susceptible to respiratory problems are advised to keep clear of the area or stay indoors." These burns are some of the many hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS across NSW each year, many with the assistance of the NSW Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW.

This hazard reduction burn is part of the NSW Government's $76 million package over 6 years to boost bushfire preparedness and double hazard reduction in the State's national parks, where conditions allow.

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

More information on hazard reduction activities visit the Rural Fire Service and the Rural Fire Service 'Fires near me' App.