Hazard Reduction burns in Morton National Park

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) will conduct three hazard reduction burns in Morton National Park the week starting Monday 12 April 2021, weather permitting.

View towards Pigeon House Mountain/Didthul Mountain during NPWS hazard reduction in May 2017

NPWS South Coast Branch Director Kane Weeks said that the Morton National Park hazard reduction burn will be approximately 250 hectares in size.

"These burns are in a strategic location and will help protect both visitors to the park and limit the potential spread of wildfire to surrounding private properties in Fitzroy Falls village. NPWS will be assisted by crews from the NSW Rural Fire Service," said Mr Weeks.

"While the wet weather this season has delayed some hazard reduction burning, conditions look suitable for this burn to start on Monday morning," he said.

To ensure visitor safety while the burn is underway, parts of Morton National Park east and west of Fitzroy Falls will be closed during the operation.

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

Depending on conditions, other burns may be carried out across the south coast region in coming weeks so smoke may be visible for several days.

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

"People with asthma or who are susceptible to respiratory conditions are advised to keep clear of the area or stay indoors."

These burns are one of the many that NPWS is working to carry out across the NSW south coast region this autumn, and an example 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 is available via the Rural Fire Service website and the Rural Fire Service 'Fires near me' app.