Hazard reduction burn planned for Goonoo State Conservation Area Saturday 26 August

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is planning a hazard reduction burn in the Goonoo State Conservation Area, around 40 kilometres north-east of Dubbo, from Saturday 26 August.

Porto Hazard reduction Burn, Kuring-gai-chase National Park, August 2021.

Weather permitting, the controlled burn aims to treat more than 650-hectares of bushland.

The entire Conservation Area, including all walking tracks and management trails will be closed to visitors from 26 August.

The burn will reduce naturally accumulated fuel loads, which will help protect nearby rural properties from future wildfires and enhance the area's biodiversity.

Motorists should use caution when driving on Mendooran Road and Mogriguy Forest Road, follow all traffic control and safety signage.

Smoke may be visible in the area, particularly to isolated rural properties near the reserve.

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

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. The RFS website also provides advice and regular updates on planned burns.

This burn is one of many hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS across NSW each year, many with assistance from the Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW.

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

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

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