Hazard reduction burn in Dooragan National Park

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) in conjunction with NSW Fire and Rescue is planning a hazard reduction burn at Laurieton Tuesday 10 November.

Park ranger and trainee field officer conducting hazard reduction burn

The 10-hectare burn will take place in the north-eastern section of Dooragan National Park to reduce fuel loads and reduce the risk of wildfire impacting on residential properties in Laurieton.

There may be smoke impacts on towns and villages in the area, including Laurieton, Lakewood, West Haven and North Haven. Residents sensitive to smoke are encouraged to stay indoors and keep doors and windows closed to reduce exposure.

It is also recommended that residents remove washing from outdoor clotheslines and ensure pets have a protected area. Motorists are reminded to use caution and drive to conditions.

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.

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.