Hazard reduction burns in the Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is planning two hazard reduction burns in the Maddens Plains area of the Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area this Sunday 12 March 2023.

Controlled Burn by National Parks and Wildlife Service and NSW Rural Fire Service, fire and Rescue NSW. Darren McIntosh.

The two burns will treat approximately 50 hectares of bushland and will reduce the fuel load in the area to protect the northern suburbs of Wollongong from wildfires coming from the west.

Pending appropriate weather conditions, the burns are expected to start mid-morning on Sunday, with mop up and patrol continuing into early next week.

The section of the Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area around the Boomerang Public Golf Course, including the Boomerang Fire Trail, will be closed for the duration of the burns. The area will reopen once mop up is complete and the area is assessed as safe.

Traffic control will be in place on the Old Princes Highway near the Boomerang Public Golf Course and motorists are advised to use caution when driving in the area.

People vulnerable to smoke are encouraged to remain indoors and keep their doors and windows closed to reduce exposure.

Hazard reduction burns are essential to reduce bushfire fuel loads to help protect parks, neighbours and communities from future bushfires.

These burns are one of the many that the NSW NPWS is planning in national parks along the South Coast during Autumn.

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

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 NSW Health or Asthma Australia.

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