Hazard reduction burn in Sydney Harbour National Park

National Parks and Wildlife Service, assisted by the NSW Fire and Rescue, is planning a hazard reduction burn in Sydney Harbour National Park, in the Middle Head-Gubbuh Gubbuh precinct tomorrow Thursday 12 January 2023.

National Parks and Wildlife Service personnel dressed in protective clothing undertakes hazard reduction burning

The burn will extend east of Middle Head Road and south of Old Fort Road.

All tracks and trails in the area will be closed for public safety and will be reopened once assessed as safe.

The aim of the burn is to reduce overall fuel hazard to protect Middle Head–Gubbuh Gubbuh’s assets from potential wildfire impacts, and to assist in the recovery of the Sunshine wattle, Acacia terminalis and reduce impact of weeds in the area.

This burn is one of many hazard reduction operations undertaken by National Parks and Wildlife Service across New South Wales each year, many with assistance from the Rural Fire Service (RFS) and Fire and Rescue NSW.

These hazard reduction burns are essential to reduce bushfire fuel loads to help protect the park, neighbours and communities from summer bushfires.

All burns across New South Wales are coordinated with the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) to ensure the impact on the community, including from smoke, are assessed at a regional level.

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

To see if a burn is scheduled in your area, you can also refer to the RFS website and the RFS 'Fires Near Me' app.