Hazard reduction burn in Worimi Conservation Lands

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is planning a hazard reduction burn west of Anna Bay in the Worimi Conservation Lands from Friday 5 May, weather permitting.

NPWS fire crews are undertaking hazard reduction burns to COVID-19 safe requirements

The burn will treat approximately 52 hectares of bushland on the far eastern end of Worimi Conservation Lands and will reduce the fuel load in the park.

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

NPWS are working closely with the Worimi Conservation Lands board to ensure the burn protects and respects the cultural heritage values of the area.

The Quarry, Egg and Easement Trails will be closed from Friday 5 May for the duration of the burn.

Smoke may be visible in the Port Stephens area, including Bobs Farm, Anna Bay, Taylors Beach.

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

Motorists should use caution when driving on Nelson Bay Road, Port Stephens Drive and Gan Gan Road.

Hazard reduction burns are essential to reduce bushfire fuel loads to help protect parks, cultural heritage, neighbours and communities from future bushfires.

This burn is one of the many that National Parks and Wildlife Service is planning in national parks within the Hunter Coast Central Coast Branch during Autumn.

All burns around the state will continue being coordinated with the NSW 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 the NSW Health website or Asthma Australia.

More information on hazard reduction activities is available at: NSW Rural Fire Service and the NSW Government 'Hazards Near Me' website and app.