Park fire bans to reduce bushfire risk

A solid fuel fire ban is in place in all national parks and reserves in the Central West Area, as the bushfire danger period begins.

Smoke from fire

The ban means that only gas, liquid fuel stoves and electric BBQs can be used, provided they are under the control of an adult, clear of flammable materials and there is an adequate supply of water.

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Central West Area Manager Fiona Buchanan said solid fuel bans protect the safety of our visitors and are one of the ways to protect reserves from the threat of fire.

“The solid fuel bans protect the safety of our visitors and are one of the ways we protect our reserves from the threat of fire.

“The solid fuel fire bans are in place in many reserves across the central west including Goobang, Weddin Mountains, Nangar, Conimbla and Goonoo National Parks; Mount Canobolas, Mullion Range, Beni and Goonoo State Conservation Areas; Yathong, Nombinnie and Round Hill Nature Reserves; Mount Grenfell Historic Site and Borenore caves.

“If a Total Fire Ban (TOBAN) is declared, no fires of any sort can be lit in the open,” Ms Buchanan said.

To see if the reserve you are visiting has a solid fuel ban in place please visit www.nationlparks.nsw.gov.au or call the NPWS Central West Area office on 6841 7100 for further information.

NPWS works closely with the Rural Fire Service in determining the need for various levels of fire restrictions and increase patrols of areas where fire bans are in place. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Visit the RFS website for details on Total Fire Bans.

Visit the NPWS website for updates on the central west park fire bans or call your local NPWS office for further information.