More hazard reduction burns for Sydneys national parks

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), in conjunction with the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS), is planning three hazard reduction burns across the greater Sydney region starting Friday 6 August.

COVID safe hazard reduction burn

The 'Porto Ridge' Hazard Reduction burn within Ku-Ring-Gai National Park will commence this Friday 6 August to Sunday 8 August, with mopping-up operations continuing early next week.

This is a large 1600 hectares burn, between Jerusalem Bay in the south and Brooklyn in the north and to the west of the M1 and Pacific Highway. This burn will require partial closures of the southbound lanes of M1 over 2 days and walking tracks in the area will also be closed for the duration of the burn.

Another 274 hectares burn at Duckponds, Canoelands is planned for Monday 9 August with mopping up operations expected to be completed by Wednesday.

A third burn is planned near McMasters Beach in Bouddi National Park starting Friday 6 August to help protect private property and Little Beach Campground infrastructure.

Parts of Bouddi Coastal walk including Mourawaing Moor trail and Little Beach walking track will be closed for the burn operations. Motorist are reminded to drive to conditions and follow directions of fire crews.

These hazard reduction burns are essential to reduce bushfire fuel loads to help protect the parks, neighbours and communities from summer bushfires.

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.

All burns across NSW 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.

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.