Two hazard reduction burns planned for Warrumbungle National Park

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is planning 2 hazard reductions burns in Warrumbungle National Park, near Coonabarabran, starting on Friday 19 May weather permitting.

Georges River National Park hazard reduction burn

The 2 burns, which will have a combined treated area of 270 hectares, aim to strategically reduce the fuel loads across the park to prevent the spread of wildfire.

Pending appropriate weather conditions, the burns are expected to start on Friday morning and will continue through to Thursday 25 May.

Several localised track and camp closures will be implemented in the park for the duration of the burn, including:

  • Burbie Fire Trail, Burbie Canyon Walking Track, Belougery Split Rock Walking Track, Mt Exmouth Walking Track and Lookout and the Cathedral and Arch Walking Track
  • Burbie Camp, Danu Camp and Gunneemooroo Camp

For details of these closures, refer to the NPWS website. John Renshaw Parkway may be impacted by smoke, depending on wind conditions. Motorists are advised to 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.