Hazard reduction burn in Talawahl Nature Reserve near Nabiac

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is doing a hazard reduction burn in Talawahl Nature Reserve today, weather permitting.

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NPWS acting area manager, Katrina Gray said the 387 hectare burn is bounded by Coates and Joes Cutting Road near Possum Brush Road, about 7 kilometres north east of Nabiac, west of the Pacific Highway.

"The Coates Hazard Reduction burn will provide protection to neighboring private properties, help protect the reserve and limit the potential spread of wildfire to surrounding private properties," Ms Gray said.

"The burn is scheduled to start at about 10am today and motorists on the Pacific Highway and local roads, particularly, are reminded to drive to conditions and observe and warning signs or directions from fire crews.

"Public access to the area will be closed during the burning operation.

"Smoke from the burn program today and tomorrow may be visible in the Nabiac area.

"We thank our neighbours for their understanding."

"People with asthma or who are susceptible to respiratory problems are advised to keep clear of the area or stay indoors."

These burns are some of the many hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS across NSW each year, many with the assistance of the NSW Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW.

This hazard reduction burn is part of the NSW Government's $76 million package over 6 years to boost bushfire preparedness and double hazard reduction in the State's national parks, where conditions allow.

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

More information on hazard reduction activities visit the Rural Fire Service and the Rural Fire Service 'Fires near me' App.