Hazard reduction burn planned for tomorrow in Bongil Bongil National Park
The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will carry out a hazard reduction burn in Bongil Bongil National Park south of Sawtell on 25 May.
NPWS Ranger, Andrew Pitzen, said the burn is being conducted to reduce fuel loads with the aim of limiting the intensity of any future wildfire that may enter the area during the fire season.
"We plan to treat an area of around 135 hectares adjacent to Repton and the community of Bundagen," Mr Pitzen said.
"There will be 20 NPWS staff involved working with crews from the NSW Rural Fire Service.
"At the moment the weather conditions are favourable for burning so we will start the burn tomorrow in an area south of Overhead Bridge Road and east of the Pacific Highway.
"We expect the burn to continue over the weekend and we'll continue to monitor it until we have declared the fire out.
"There will be a fair amount of smoke in the area for a couple of days and we'd urge motorists to drive according to conditions and obey all road signs," Mr Pitzen said.
People with asthma or who are susceptible to respiratory problems are advised to keep clear of the area or stay indoors. For health information relating to smoke from bush fires and hazard reduction burning, visit NSW Health or the Asthma Foundation.
This burn is part of hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS across NSW each year, many with assistance from the Rural Fire Service (RFS) and Fire and Rescue NSW.
This work is occurring under 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.
Hazard reduction burns are one of the many effective fire management tools used by fire-fighters. Ongoing fire-fighter training, cyclical fire trail maintenance, equipment upgrades and community education are all important elements of preparation for any fire season.
More information on hazard reduction activities visit the Rural Fire Service and the Rural Fire Service Fires near me App.