Hazard reduction burn in Dooragan National Park

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) in conjunction with Rural Fire Service (RFS) and NSW Fire and Rescue is planning a hazard reduction burn at Lakewood on Tuesday 1 September.

NPWS firefighter lighting bush for hazard reduction

The 75-hectare burn will take place in Dooragan National Park on the north-western section south of Ocean Drive, adjacent to the Brotherglen Road communities.

The hazard reduction burn will help protect Lakewood properties from potential wildfire and maintain ecological biodiversity values in the park. Brotherglen Trail and Lakewood Trail will be closed during the burn which is expected to start around 9.30am on Tuesday morning.

There may be smoke impacts on towns and villages in the region including Lakewood, Laurieton, Camden Haven, North Haven, Dunbogan and Kew.

The NPWS hazard reduction program for 2020 is focussed on essential burns in areas close to neighbours and important assets and to protect significant areas of habitat to ensure ongoing recovery of wildlife that was impacted by the summer bushfires.

Undertaking burns when conditions are right to ensure they are safe and effective is an important part of managing the potential risk of bushfire to communities and the environment before next summer.

If conditions allow, NPWS are also planning to conduct a second hazard reduction burn in Dooragan National Park, adjacent to Laurieton, in the next few weeks.

All burns across NSW will 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.

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.