Smoke to be visible in Coonabarabran from Pilliga Nature Reserve Hazard Reduction

Smoke will be visible from Coonabarabran for the next few days as the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) conducts a hazard reduction burn in Pilliga Nature Reserve beginning on Tuesday (9th May), weather permitting.

Fire hazard reduction

The burn will occur on Coopers and Salaks fire trails approximately 15km directly north of Coonabarabran. 

NPWS Area Manager John Whittall said the 662 ha burn is planned to be lit along 12.5km of fire trail in Pilliga Nature Reserve. 

“The burn will start at 10am and will continue for at least two to three days and involve around 10 NPWS firefighting crew,” said Mr Whittall. 

“Smoke from the burn will be seen clearly from Coonabarabran, as the burn is only 15km away as the crow flies. Under forecast wind conditions smoke impacts should be limited. 

“During the burn, Coopers Road will be closed to the public for safety reasons. Where traffic control is in place during the burn motorists are reminded to obey road closed signs, and follow directions from fire crew. 

“This hazard reduction follows on from last Autumn’s very successful burn, completed just north of this one and will provide extra fuel reduced zones within the bushland around Dandry Road and Pilliga Pottery.

“On completion of this burn, NPWS Baradine Area will have conducted 5000 hectares of burning in the Pilliga reserves, rounding out the local Autumn 2017 hazard reduction program,” 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.