Hazard reduction burns in Scheyville National Park

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), in conjunction with NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS), will undertake two hazard reduction burns for Scheyville National Park, east of Pitt Town, on Sunday 15 January.

Park ranger and trainee field officer, NPWS staff conducting the Olive hazard reduction burn in Scheyville National Park.

NPWS Acting Area Manager Leigh Nolan said the 32- and 34-hectare burns in Scheyville National Park are occurring this weekend to take advantage of suitable weather. 

“These burns will help protect the communities adjacent to Scheyville National Park and will further reduce the risk of any future wildfire spreading through the Park,” Ms Nolan said. 

“The burns are due to begin at approximately 9 am and motorists are advised to be aware of potential smoke hazards on surrounding roads and drive to conditions.

“Traffic control will be active on Scheyville Road with part of the road closed to traffic, and detours in place, during the burn,” said Ms Nolan.

Public access to Scheyville National Park including associated walking tracks and horse-riding trails will be closed during the burning operations.

“Smoke may be visible in the National Park and from surrounding residential areas depending on wind direction,” said Ms Nolan.

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

The NPWS hazard reduction program for 2023 is focused on essential burns to protect both park neighbours, assets and park values. 

All burns around the state will continue being coordinated with the NSW RFS and Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) to ensure the impact on the community is assessed at a regional level. 

Details on specific burns will be made available in advance on the Rural Fire Service website, ‘Fires Near Me’ app, and NPWS Alerts website.

All hazard reduction burns over 50 hectares, including the two burns in Scheyville National Park, are assessed by the NSW RFS in conjunction with NSW Health as required to ensure smoke impacts are minimised.  

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

For up-to-date information on these, and other, planned hazard reduction activities, visit the Rural Fire Service.