Hazard reduction burn in the Morton National Park

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is planning a hazard reduction burn in the Morton National Park, Thursday 2 May, weather permitting.

View towards Pigeon House Mountain/Didthul Mountain during NPWS hazard reduction in May 2017

NPWS area manager, Michael Phelan, said the 1600-hectare burn is in the Touga South area of the park 46 kilometres west of Nowra and 40 kilometres south-east of Goulburn, near Nerriga.

"This burn will help protect the Park and to limit the potential spread of wildfire to surrounding private properties," Mr Phelan said.

"The burn is due to begin at about 10am and motorists are reminded to drive to conditions and observe and warning signs or directions from fire crews.

"Public access to this area will be closed during the burning operations some smoke may drift across Braidwood Road.

"Smoke from the burn program also may be visible from Batemans Bay and Ulladulla.

"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.