Hazard reduction burn in Wyrrabalong National Park

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a hazard reduction burn in Wyrrabalong National Park on Saturday 4 September 2021.

Controlled burn by National Parks and Wildlife Service and NSW Rural Fire Service staff

NPWS Area Manager Steve Atkins said the strategic burn would reduce fuel loads in the park to protect residential properties in Bateau Bay and Forresters Beach from bushfire.

"Weather permitting, we are planning to burn a 17-hectare area of the park between Crackneck Lookout and Wyrrabalong Lookout," said Mr Atkins.

"Our NPWS crews, with support from NSW Fire and Rescue, will begin the burn at around 8am on Saturday morning, with mop up and patrol taking place into Sunday afternoon.

"Both Crackneck Lookout and Wyrrabalong Lookout will remain open for the duration of the burn, however park visitors will be unable to access the Wyrrabalong Coastal Walk.

"If you are in the area, please exercise caution and follow the directions of the NPWS or Fire and Rescue crews.

"We've planned the burn for Saturday based on the predicted wind and weather conditions, which we hope will minimise smoke impacts on the local community.

"However, hazard reduction burning does produce smoke, so if you are vulnerable, we encourage you to stay indoors and keep your doors and windows closed to reduce potential exposure," said Mr Atkins.

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

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

Hazard reductions are an essential activity under the current Public Health Orders and will be conducted in a COVID-19 safe manner to ensure the safety of fire crews and the community.

COVID-19 safety briefings are provided to all staff who are required to wear masks along with their normal fire personal protective equipment. Contact tracing is also enabled via the QR code sign-in all fire crews must complete when starting.

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

More information on hazard reduction activities: NSW Rural Fire Service and the RFS 'Fires Near Me' website and app.