Prescribed Burn in the Pilliga State Conservation Area starts this week

The National Parks and Wildlife Service is conducting a prescribed burn in the Pilliga State Conservation Area over the next few days in preparation for a project to reintroduce extinct mammals into the local area.

Hazard reduction burn

Area Manager John Whittall said the burn would begin Wednesday 4 April and continue for several days.

"The burn will focus on an area in the Pilliga State Conservation Area currently being prepared by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy for the new project.

"The project will consist of a large fenced area into which mammal species currently extinct in NSW will be reintroduced, as part of the Saving our Species program.

"This burn will help reduce fuel loads within part of the area to be enclosed and promote a grassy understorey to protect these and other animals from predators.

"Ground ignitions will start Wednesday (4 April) and continue over the next few days, with air ignitions to assist with filling in inaccessible areas in coming weeks, weather permitting.

"Communites nearby including Gwabegar, Pilliga and Narrabri may see the smoke from this hazard reduction activity", Mr Whittall said.

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.

For more information on hazard reduction activities visit the Rural Fire Service and the Rural Fire Service "Fires near me" App.