Hazard reduction in Warrumbungle National Park

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) crews will be targeting an important fire trail during hazard reduction burning in Warrumbungle National Park this Thursday and Friday, 7 and 8 June.

Fire personnel conducting hazard reduction burn

NPWS Castlereagh Area Manager John Whittall said the burn was a priority set out in the Warrumbungle Fire Management Strategy.

“This hazard reduction is centred along the Burbie Fire Trail, an important strategic fire advantage zone agreed to by NPWS and local community,” he said.

“The Warrumbungle National Park Fire Management Strategy was developed in consultation with the Rural Fire Service, volunteer firefighters, local government and other community representatives after the fire of 2013.

“There will be 16 NPWS crew, 9 appliances and a loader involved in the burn which should take two days to complete and will cover around 245 hectares.

“Smoke may be visible from Coonabarabran but is not expected to impact on the town based on current weather predictions,” Mr Whittall said, “there will be very minimal impact on bushwalkers with the majority of the popular walking tracks remaining open.

“This is one of the last of our burns this season, capping off a successful Autumn in which we managed to reduce the fire hazard across over 9000 hectares in national parks around Coonabarabran and Baradine,” Mr Whittall said.

This burn is one of the many hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS across NSW each year, many with the assistance of the NSW Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW.

This hazard reduction burn is part of the NSW Government's $76 million package over 6 years to boost bushfire preparedness and double hazard reduction in the State's national parks, where conditions allow.

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 visit the Rural Fire Service and the Rural Fire Service Fires Near Me App.