Nielsen Park hazard reduction burn

The National Parks and Wildlife Service, in conjunction with the NSW Rural Fire Service, is planning a hazard reduction burn for Nielsen Park at Vaucluse on Wednesday 3 November.

Staff from Metro South West and Blue Mountains regions undertaking the Pisgah Ridge hazard reduction burn near Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains National Park

The burn adjacent to Vaucluse Road aims to reduce risk to life and property from potential wildfires and improve the health of the bushland.

All walking tracks and roads within the park closed during the activity will remain closed until it is safe to reopen them.

Motorist are advised to take care if there is reduced visibility due to smoke and to drive to conditions.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) hazard reduction program for 2021 is focused on essential burns to protect park neighbours, assets or significant habitat to ensure ongoing recovery of the wildlife impacted by the summer bushfires.

Undertaking burns when conditions are right to ensure they are safe and effective is an important part of managing the potential risk of bushfire to communities and the environment before next summer. This work also provides firefighters safe zones and access where they can defend properties, should a bushfire occur.

All burns across New South Wales will continue to be coordinated with the 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 RFS website, ‘Fires Near Me’ app, and on the 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 RFS website.