Smoke possible from Pilliga Nature Reserve hazard reduction burn

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is planning a hazard reduction burn in Pilliga Nature Reserve and Willala Aboriginal Area near Baradine in north western NSW on Thursday (20 April), weather permitting.

Hazard reduction burn

NPWS Area Manager John Whittall said the 1,152 ha burn will run 15.5 km along the eastern edge of the Pilliga Forest. 

“The burn will start at 10am and will continue for two to three days and involve around eleven NPWS firefighting crew, finishing up when required, weather permitting,” said Mr Whittall. 

“Smoke from the burn may impact on local areas including Willala, Boggabri, Gunnedah and Narrabri. 

“During the burn part of the Willala Aboriginal Area will be closed to the public. Where traffic control is in place during the burn motorists are reminded to drive to conditions and follow directions from fire crews. 

“People are advised that smoke from this burn may impact the local area and to close windows and remove washing. 

“People with asthma or those susceptible to respiratory problems are advised to keep clear of the area or stay indoors and keep doors and windows closed,” Mr Whittall said. 

This burn is one 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 six 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.