Successful hazard reduction burn in Broadwater National Park

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) in collaboration with the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) conducted a successful hazard reduction burn in Broadwater National Park this week.

Broadwater National Park hazard reduction burn

The 44-hectare hazard reduction burn, undertaken over a two-day period, reduced fuel loads and will help to protect residential properties in the park, as well as in the nearby township of Evans Head.

Undertaking burns when conditions are right to ensure they are safe and effective is an important part of managing the potential risk of bushfire to communities and the environment before next summer.

The mild temperatures and light winds in the Northern Rivers on Monday and Tuesday supported a slow-moving, moderate-intensity burn. Seventeen NPWS staff were on the ground, supported by two members of the RFS, to coordinate and carry out the hazard reduction burn safely.

All burns across NSW are coordinated with the RFS to ensure the impact on the community, including from smoke, are assessed at a regional level. Details on specific burns are available in advance on the Rural Fire Service website, ‘Fires Near Me’ app, and on NPWS Alerts website.

All hazard reduction burns over 50 hectares are assessed by the NSW RFS in conjunction with NSW Health as required to ensure smoke impacts are minimised.

For health information relating to smoke from bush fires and hazard reduction burning, visit NSW Health or the Asthma Foundation.

For up to date information on these, and other, planned hazard reduction activities, visit the Rural Fire Service.