Hazard reduction burn south of Katoomba
The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is planning a hazard reduction burn in the Blue Mountains National Park area, Tuesday 8 May.
NPWS area manager Vanessa Richardson said the 3500 hectares burn between Jamison Valley, Kedumba Valley and Narrow Neck plateau, south of Katoomba will start around 10am.
"Mount Solitary is the prominent land mark south of the Jamison Valley and smoke from this burn will be visible over a wide area," Ms Richardson said.
"The is a strategic burn aimed to reduce the bushfire risk to the townships of the upper mountains, particularly Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls.
"All access including walking tracks and fire trails in the Jamison Valley, Kedumba Valley and Narrow Neck plateau will be closed for the duration of the burn from 8 May until the burn is complete and the area assessed as safe to reopen. This may be a week or longer depending on conditions.
"Trails in the immediate zone surrounding Scenic World (Scenic Railway, Scenic Cableway) and the Federal Pass will be closed. These include: Dardanelles Pass loop walking track; Den Fenella walking track; Echo Point to Scenic World via Giant Stairway; Federal Pass; Fern Bower walk; Leura Cascades Fern Bower; Mount Solitary walking track; Narrow Neck trail; Round walking track; Ruined Castle walking track.
"People intending to use this area as training for the Ultra Trail Australia Race on 18 May are reminded to observe the temporary trail closures, for their safety and that of potential rescuers should they become trapped or need other assistance.
"Fire trails and walking trails in the Wild Dog Range area, West and South West of Narrow Neck Plateau including the Furber Steps will remain open.
"Residents are advised to keep doors and windows closed in the event of smoky conditions.
"The NPWS will take every opportunity to continue its hazard reduction program year-round," Ms Richardson said.
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.
More information on hazard reduction activities visit the Rural Fire Service and the Rural Fire Service Fires near me App. Keep up to date with trail closures by calling the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on 02 4787 8877 or visiting Blue Mountains National Park .