Hazard reduction burn this week in Brisbane Water National

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a 4 day hazard reduction burn in Brisbane Water National Park that will begin 2 August at Somersby.

Staff from Metro South West and Blue Mountains regions undertaking the Pisgah Ridge Hazard Reduction burn near Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains National Park

NPWS Manager, Steve Atkins, said this is part of an ongoing fire management strategy which aims to protect lives, property and the biodiversity of the Park. 

“The 730 hectare burn will be undertaken with assistance from the Rural Fire Service (RFS),” Mr Atkins said.

“The burn will take place over 4 days, starting approximately 9.30 am on Thursday with crews continuing into the evening, finishing up on Sunday 5 August, weather permitting.

“Smoke may impact residents of Somersby, Kariong and motorists using the Old Pacific Highway and the M1 Motorway. Fire vehicles will be using the Old Pacific Highway, so drivers are warned to take care and drive to conditions.

“Somersby Falls Picnic Area, Mooney Mooney Aboriginal Area, a section of the Great North Walk and management trails in the area will be closed for the duration of the burn. Access to the area will be restricted to fire and authorised personnel only.

“This hazard reduction burn has been approved by the Central Coast Bushfire Committee, which is made up of local bushfire experts to identify and address local bushfire risks.

“People with asthma or those susceptible to respiratory problems are advised to stay indoors, close windows and doors and follow their health plan,” Mr Atkins said.

People with known health conditions should sign up to get air quality reports, forecasts and alerts via email or SMS and check the RFS website for advice and for regular updates on planned burns.

The NPWS conducts controlled burns for a range of purposes including asset protection, strategic fire control, maintenance of biodiversity and research.

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

They are part of the NSW Government's 6-year $76 million package to boost bushfire preparedness and double hazard reduction in the State's national parks.

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’ app.