Hazard reduction burns to continue across the Southern Ranges

National Parks and Wildlife Service are continuing their hazard reduction program across the southern ranges region with up to six burns planned from Thursday 20 April, weather permitting.

Hazard reduction burn, National Parks and Wildlife Service staff

The first planned burns are scheduled for tomorrow (20 April) in Minjary National Park, northwest of Tumut and Bobundara Nature Reserve, south of Cooma.

Over the weekend and into next week the following burns are also planned for the region at:

  • Tinderry Nature Reserve
  • Kosciuszko National Park (east, near Numbla Vale)
  • Keverstone National Park
  • Quidong Nature Reserve.

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is taking advantage of the forecast favourable conditions to continue to undertake these burns that will treat around 2,900 hectares of bushland.

All these burns aim to reduce the naturally accumulated fuel loads in the reserves and help protect neighbouring communities from future wildfires.

Tinderry Nature Reserve and parts of Keverstone National Park will be closed during burning operations.

There may be additional closures in place during these burns so visitors must check NPWS Alerts before heading to these reserves for up-to-date information.

Smoke will be visible in the vicinity of the burns and motorists are advised to drive to conditions.

All NPWS hazard reduction burns are coordinated with the NSW Rural Fire Service 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 the NSW Health website or Asthma Australia.

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