Smoke possible from hazard reduction burn planned for Morton National Park

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is planning a hazard reduction burn at Little Forest Plateau in Morton National Park. The hazard reduction burn is scheduled to occur above the escarpment, east of the Tianjara Fire Trail on Thursday 23 May, weather permitting.

View towards Pigeon House Mountain/Didthul Mountain during NPWS hazard reduction in May 2017

NPWS Shoalhaven Area Manager Michael Phelan said the Little Forest burn will cover about 360 hectares and will result in closures for some areas of the park.

"The burn will help protect the Shoalhaven area around Morton National Park and limit the potential spread of wildfire to surrounding private properties," Mr Phelan said.

"Smoke from the burn program will be visible along the Princes Highway and may drift over parts of Milton and Ulladulla by the late afternoon.

"The burn will begin at around 10am and motorists are reminded to drive to conditions and observe any warning signs or directions from fire crews.

"Tianjara Fire Trail, Pointer Gap Lookout, Mt Bushwalker walking track, Porters Creek Dam, Rusden and Florence Head walking trails and Little Forest walking trail in Morton National Park will be closed to public vehicle access, walkers and mountain bike riders for the duration of the burn.

"We thank our neighbours for their understanding.

"People with asthma or who are susceptible to respiratory problems are advised to keep clear of the area or stay indoors," Mr Phelan said.

The proposed burn will be part of hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS across NSW each year, many with assistance from the Rural Fire Service (RFS) and Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW).

This work is occurring under 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 on smoke from bushfires and hazard reduction burning, visit the NSW Health website or the Asthma Foundation.

More information on hazard reduction activities can be found at: NSW Rural Fire Service and the RFS 'Fires Near Me' app.

Visitors planning a trip to Morton National Park during and after the burn are advised to check the NPWS website for updates on the timing of the burn and trail closures.