Hazard reduction burns for Morton National Park

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will undertake two hazard reduction burns in Morton National Park from Thursday 24 November, weather permitting.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), assisted by Rural Fire Service (RFS) and Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW), completing a hazard reduction burn in Berowra Valley National Park near Hornsby.

The hazard reduction burns are intended to treat a combined 17 hectares of bushland on the southern edge of Fitzroy Falls village.

These burns, along with other recent hazard reduction burns in Morton National Park, will help to improve protection for properties in the Fitzroy Falls area.

The West Rim and East Rim walking tracks and the Redhills fire trail will be closed for the duration of the burns.

Tracks and trails will be reopened once the area is assessed as safe.

Smoke may be visible in the area. Motorists should use caution when driving on Nowra Road and people vulnerable to smoke are encouraged to remain indoors and keep their doors and windows closed to reduce exposure.

People with known health conditions can sign up to receive air quality reports, forecasts and alerts via email or SMS from the Department of Planning and Environment. The Rural Fire Service also provides advice and 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 Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW.

These hazard reduction burns are essential to reduce bushfire fuel loads to help protect the parks, neighbours and communities from summer bushfires.

More information on hazard reduction activities is available at: NSW Rural Fire Service and the RFS "Fires Near Me" website and app.

For health information relating to smoke from bush fires and hazard reduction burning, visit the NSW Health website or Asthma Australia.