Hazard reduction burns in Werakata National Park and Stockrington State Conservation Area

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), with the support of the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) and Fire and Rescue NSW, are planning 2 hazard reduction burns over the next few days in Stockrington State Conservation Area and Werakata National Park.

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

NPWS Lower Hunter Area Manager Mitch Carter said the 2 burns have been strategically planned to reduce bushfire risk to local properties, important wildlife habitat and cultural heritage.

"The weather conditions predicted over the next few days are looking favourable for us to safely burn approximately 44 hectares of bushland in Stockrington State Conservation Area starting Thursday, 19 August, and 115 hectares of bushland in Werakata National Park over the weekend," said Mr Carter.

"Smoke may be visible to residents in Cessnock, Abermain and Black Hill. If you are vulnerable to smoke, we encourage you to stay indoors and keep your doors and windows closed to reduce your exposure," said Mr Carter.

Motorists are reminded to use caution and drive to conditions.

All burns across New South Wales will continue to be coordinated with the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) to ensure the impact on the community, including from smoke, are 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 on NPWS Alerts website.

Hazard reductions are an essential activity under the current Public Health Orders and will be conducted in a COVID-19 safe manner to ensure the safety of fire crews and the community.

COVID-19 safety briefings are provided to all staff who are required to wear masks along with their normal fire personal protective equipment. Contact tracing is also enabled via the QR code sign-in all fire crews must complete when starting.

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 website.