Hazard reduction burn in Morton National Park

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is planning a hazard reduction burn near Fitzroy Falls village in Morton National Park from tomorrow, Thursday 9 March.

3 national parks personnel undertaking hazard reduction burning, Morton National Park

The burn will treat 450 hectares of bushland on the southern edge of Fitzroy Falls village, reducing naturally accumulated fuel loads in the park.

This hazard reduction burn will help promote biodiversity and protect nearby private properties in the event of a wildfire.

The West Rim walking tracks and the Redhills fire trail will be closed from Thursday, 9 March for the duration of the burn.

Tracks and trails will be reopened when the area is assessed as safe.

Smoke may be visible in the area so motorists should use caution when driving, particularly along Nowra Road.

People vulnerable to smoke are encouraged to remain indoors and keep their doors and windows closed to reduce exposure.

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 the many that National Parks and Wildlife Service is planning in national parks along the South Coast during Autumn.

All burns around the state will continue being coordinated with the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) 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 NSW Health or Asthma Australia.

More information on hazard reduction activities is available at NSW Rural Fire Service and the RFS 'Fires Near Me'.