Two hazard reduction burns planned for Northern Tablelands national parks

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is planning two hazard reductions burns in Northern Tablelands national parks starting on Thursday 11 May, weather permitting.

Hazard reduction burn - drip torch
  • A 287-hectare burn in Kwiambal National Park
  • An 887-hectare burn in Kings Plain National Park

The purpose of these burns is to reduce fuel loads to prevent the spread of wildfire. This will help to protect life and property, and conserve biodiversity in both these reserves.

Pending appropriate weather conditions, the burns are expected to start on Thursday morning, with mop up and patrol continuing over the following days. Kwiambal National Park and Kings Plain National Park will be closed to visitors during burning operations.

Nearby residents and motorists in Glen Innes, Inverell and Ashford may notice smoke in the vicinity of the burns and should take care and drive to conditions.

People vulnerable to smoke are encouraged to remain indoors and keep their doors and windows closed to reduce exposure.

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.