Hazard reduction burns in Brindabella National Park

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is planning a hazard reduction burn in the Brindabella National Park from Monday 12 April, weather permitting.

Aerial Incendiary Hazard reduction smoke plume in Brindabella National Park

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is planning a hazard reduction burn in the Brindabella National Park from Monday 12 April, weather permitting.

Acting NPWS Branch Director Steve Cathcart said that the McIntyres Hut hazard reduction burn is approximately 420ha in size and is located in western Brindabella National Park.

“The burn is in a strategic location and will help protect both visitors to the park and limit the potential spread of wildfire to surrounding private properties. NPWS will be assisted by crews from NSW Rural Fire Service and ACT Parks and Conservation Service,” Mr Cathcart said.

“While the wet weather we have enjoyed this season has delayed some hazard reduction burning the conditions look suitable for this burn to start on Monday morning. Motorists are reminded to drive to conditions and observe and warning signs or directions from fire crews.

To ensure visitor safety while the burn is underway, there will be closures of some camping areas and fire trails in Brindabella National Park. This will include McIntyres Hut and Lowells Flat camping areas, Waterfall Fire Trail and Webbs Ridge Fire trails.

Closures will be listed on the National Parks Website at NPWS local alerts.

Depending on conditions, other burns may also be carried out in the region next week so smoke may be visible in the area for several days.

“We thank our neighbours and visitors to the region for their understanding”.

“People with asthma or who are susceptible to respiratory problems are advised to keep clear of the area or stay indoors.”

This burn is one of 20 that the NPWS is working to carry out in the broader snowy mountains’ region this autumn. They are just some of the many hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS across NSW each year,

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

More information on hazard reduction activities visit the Rural Fire Service and the Rural Fire Service “Fires near me” App. Information will also be available via the ACT Rural Fire Service.