Hazard reduction burn in South East Forest National Park

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) are conducting 2 hazard reduction burns in South East Forest National Park, 29 April.

Hazard reduction burn, National Parks and Wildlife Service staff

NPWS South Branch Director Kane Weeks said that the 2 burns are treating more than 2000 hectares in the park, in an area that was not directly impacted by the 2019–20 bushfires.

"The burns are taking place along Causeway Trail and Ben Boyd Road, near Wyndham and Towamba," said Mr Weeks.

"During the burn, the Whipstick trail, Causeway trail and Ben Boyd Road will be closed and people should check NPWS Alerts for up to date information.

"The burns aim to reduce naturally accumulated fuel loads to help protect park neighbours and important assets by limiting the spread of wildfire.

"The burns, being undertaken in Strategic Fire Advantage Zones, will also protect significant habitat to ensure ongoing recovery of the State's wildlife that was impacted by black summer fires.

"Undertaking these burns now, when conditions are favourable, will help manage the potential risk of bushfire to communities and the environment before next summer.

"This work also provides firefighters safe zones and access where they can defend properties should a bushfire occur," said Mr Weeks.

All burns across New South Wales will continue to be coordinated with the Rural Fire Service 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.

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.