Hazard reduction burn in Maryland National Park

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a hazard reduction burn in Maryland National Park, 61km north of Tenterfield near the Queensland border, starting Friday 28 July.

NPWS mopping up following fire Goolawah National Park

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Area Manager Michael Lieberman said the burn will reduce the fuel loads present within Maryland National Park and aims to lessen the potential spread and impact of any future wildfires.

"We're taking advantage of predicted favourable winter weather conditions to schedule this planned burn which will help to provide protection to surrounding rural land holdings," said Mr Lieberman.

"From Friday through to Sunday, there will be a number of NPWS fire-fighting units working in the area to complete burning operations and mop up.

"The hazard reduction burn is likely to generate some smoke, which will be visible to people in surrounding areas.

"It is important if you are in the vicinity and are vulnerable to smoke, that you to stay indoors and keep your doors and windows closed to reduce any possible exposure," said Mr Lieberman.

Hazard reduction burns are essential to reduce bushfire fuel loads to help protect parks, neighbours and communities from future bushfires.

This burn is one of many hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS each year, many with assistance from the Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW.

All burns around the state are coordinated with the NSW Rural Fire Service to ensure the impact on the community is assessed at a regional level.

People with known health conditions can sign up to receive air quality reports, forecasts and alerts via email or SMS from the Department of Planning and Environment.

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

More information on hazard reduction activities is available at NSW Rural Fire Service and the NSW Government Hazards Near Me website and app.