Smoky skies expected over Newcastle with hazard reduction burn in Glenrock

Newcastle residents can expect to see smoke this weekend as an important hazard reduction burn in Glenrock State Conservation Area is planned to start tomorrow Friday 1 September 2017 for safer summers.

Hazard reduction burn, National Parks and Wildlife Service staff

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Area Manager Doug Beckers said the burn is being undertaken to reduce fuel loads in the area and to reduce the threat of unplanned fires to property and lives. 

“The burn will be on the southern side of Burwood Road near the Fernleigh Track,” said Mr Beckers.

“It will commence approximately 10am and may continue over the weekend, weather permitting,” he said.

“Smoke from the burn will be obvious and may impact on the suburbs of Merewether, Dudley and Whitebridge.

“People with asthma or those more susceptible to respiratory problems are advised to keep clear of the area or stay indoors.

“Burwood Road will have traffic controls and delays can be expected.

“The Fernleigh track will also have traffic controllers in place to monitor bike riders and pedestrians on the perimeter of the burn.

“The track may need to be temporarily closed for safety reasons if smoke reduces visibility and for fire fighter crew movements,” Mr Beckers said.

This burn is 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.

This work is occurring under 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 the NSW Health website or the Asthma Foundation.

More information on hazard reduction activities: NSW Rural Fire Service and the RFS "Fires near me app."