Two hazard reduction burns in the Shoalhaven this weekend

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting 2 hazard reduction burns in the Shoalhaven area on Saturday 5 August, weather permitting.

Controlled Burn by National Parks and Wildlife Service and NSW Rural Fire Service, fire and Rescue NSW. Darren McIntosh.

These are:

  • a 13-hectare burn in Seven Mile Beach National Park
  • a 5-hectare burn in Worrigee Nature Reserve.

These burns will reduce naturally accumulated fuel loads in the reserves to protect nearby private properties and businesses from future bushfires.

The burns are scheduled to begin at 10 am on Saturday morning, with mop-up and patrol continuing on Sunday. 

In Worrigee Nature Reserve, all trails north of Quinns Gate, including Worrigee North trail and the Pipeline trail, will be closed for the duration of burning operations. In Seven Mile Beach National Park, the south-west corner of the park, including the Sand Track, will be closed. These areas will be reopened once burning operations are complete and they are deemed safe. 

Smoke may be visible to residents in Nowra, Bomaderry, Shoalhaven Heads, Gerroa and Berry. People vulnerable to smoke are encouraged to stay indoors and keep doors and windows closed to reduce exposure.

Local roads, including Gerroa Road and Bolong Road near Seven Mile Beach, and Basil, Isa and Worrigee roads, may experience smoke. Motorists are reminded to exercise caution and drive to conditions. 

Hazard reduction burns are essential to reduce bushfire fuel loads to help protect parks, neighbours and communities from future bushfires.

This burn is one of many hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS each year, many with assistance from the Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW.

All burns around the state are coordinated with the NSW Rural Fire Service to ensure the impact on the community is assessed at a regional level.

People with known health conditions can sign up to receive air quality reports, forecasts and alerts via email or SMS from the Department of Planning and Environment.

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

More information on hazard reduction activities is available at NSW Rural Fire Service and the NSW Government Hazards Near Me website and app.