Hazard reduction burns continue across the Illawarra Escarpment

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is planning a second hazard reduction burn in the Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area (IESCA) on Thursday 22 April, weather permitting.

Hazard reduction burn - drip torch

NPWS Branch Director Kane Weeks said that Thursday's burn will be on the escarpment above Coalcliff in the Madderns Plains area.

"To ensure visitor safety while the burn is underway, the northern section of the Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area will be closed," said Mr Weeks.

"This includes the area from the Boomerang Golf course in the south, the Tops Conference Centre in the North and the Princess Highway to the west.

"The Wodi Wodi track will be closed from Thursday (22 April) until Monday morning (26 April).

"This planned 152-hectare burn follows successful hazard reduction activities undertaken by NPWS earlier this week north of Mt Ousley.

"The Service is taking advantage of forecast favorable conditions this week to undertake as much as we can of our Autumn hazard reduction program.

"The burn is in a strategic location and will help limit the potential spread of wildfire into Coalcliff's residential areas and assets and the general north Wollongong area.

"It is anticipated this burn, and others scheduled this week, may produce smoke and motorists in the Madden Plains area are reminded to drive to conditions, observe any warning signs and follow directions from fire crews," said Mr Weeks.

Smoke from bush fires and hazard reduction burning can affect some people more than others.

NSW Health reminds people that children, older adults and those with heart and lung conditions are most susceptible to the effects of air pollution and excessive smoke.

If you have asthma or a lung condition, reduce outdoor activities if smoke levels are high and if shortness of breath or coughing develops, take your reliever medicine or seek medical advice.

All closures will be listed on the NPWS Alerts page.

The IESCA burn is one of 12 hazard reduction burns the NPWS has planned in the Illawarra Highlands Area this autumn. They are just some of the many hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS across NSW each year.

For more information on hazard reduction activities visit the Rural Fire Service and their 'Fires near me' app.