Hazard reduction burns in Abercrombie River National Park

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is conducting hazard reduction burns near Oberon over the next two days, weather permitting.

Hazard reduction burn in Abercrombie River National Park

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Kanangra Acting Area Manager Huw Evans said burns will begin on 27 April in Abercrombie River National Park.

Two burns are planned to treat approximately 500 hectares.

Mr Evans said the hazard reduction operation was taking advantage of favourable forecast weather to reduce fuel loads in the area and to promote biodiversity benefits.

'The weather tomorrow is perfect for burning and is being done ahead of a solid forecast for rain on the weekend,' Mr Evans said.

The burns will be conducted at Bald Hill and Cat Hill in the Abercrombie River National Park near Paling Yards, approximately 45 km south of Oberon.

The burns are expected to continue until Saturday 29th April when wet weather is forecast to affect all fire grounds.

Smoke will be visible along the Abercrombie-Taralga Road near Paling Yards and Jerrong Road. Motorists are advised to drive to conditions.

Anyone vulnerable to smoke is encouraged to remain indoors and keep doors and windows closed to reduce any possible exposure.

Visitors should check NPWS Alerts for up-to-date information on closures during the hazard reduction operations.

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.

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

More information on hazard reduction activities is available at NSW Rural Fire Service and the NSW Government Hazards Near Me website and app.