NPWS hazard reduction burns in Helensburgh

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is planning to undertake hazard reduction burns this week and next week in Helensburgh, weather permitting.

Hazard reduction burn, National Parks and Wildlife Service staff

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Area Manager Shaun Elwood said the burns in the Garawarra State Conservation Area are planned to lower the risk of wildfires that may impact the area.

"The 5 hectare burn planned for this Friday 25 May could create smoke that may be quite visible," Mr Elwood said.

"Helensburgh residents in the vicinity of the burn around Gardiner Place and near the railway line may be affected by smoke, and train commuters and motorists on the M6 motorway may also see smoke from this burn.

"The burn is expected to take one day to complete with mopping up continuing for a couple of days afterwards.

"A second burn, 20 hectares in size, is currently scheduled to take place next week on Tuesday 29 May, weather permitting. This burn will take place near Wilsons Creek Road to the north of Helensburgh, and is expected to take one to two days," he said.

The NSW Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW will also be in attendance.

These burns are some 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.