Hazard reduction burning starts this weekend

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Southern Ranges Branch will commence the annual autumn hazard reduction burning program 10 March, weather permitting.

Aerial Incendiary hazard reduction smoke plume Kittys Creek in Guy Fawkes National Park

NPWS Branch Director Mick Pettitt said the first burn will take place this weekend, approximately 10 kilometres south east of Jindabyne in the Paupong Nature Reserve.

"This planned low intensity burn aims to reduce fuel loads in the Reserve, limiting the intensity of any future wildfires," said Mr Pettitt.

"We have had a particularly quiet bushfire season this summer enabling us to get underway with our hazard reduction activities a little earlier than previous years," Mr Pettitt said.

The plan is to undertake 17 hazard reduction burns this autumn over approximately 21,000 hectares.

Burns are scheduled for areas in Kosciusko National Park and reserves around Delegate, Adaminaby, Tumut and Khancoban.

"We plan our burns 3 years in advance and target strategic areas to maximise the reduction in fuel loads and minimise bushfire risk to our neighbours," Mr Pettitt said.

"The stable weather patterns that typically occur across the region in Autumn make this the best time of year to undertake hazard reduction – and we need to take all opportunities that arise.

"Park visitors are urged to check the NPWS website for up to date information on temporary track, campground or park closures during these burns," Mr Pettitt added.

This 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.

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."