Autumn NPWS hazard reduction burn continues in southern ranges

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is taking advantage of ongoing suitable weather conditions to continue the burn program in the Brindabella Ranges to the west of Canberra.

Staff from Metro South West and Blue Mountains regions undertaking the Pisgah Ridge hazard reduction burn near Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains National Park

NPWS Director Mick Pettitt said that crews will be implementing the Powerline burn near the top of the Brindabella Range, near Mount Coree.

“NPWS originally intended to carry out this burn in early March but held off on the request of local agricultural businesses. This is the first opportunity to undertake this burn since, due to the regular rainfall,” Mr Pettitt said.

“The objective of these burns is to reduce the fine fuels and reduce the risk of fire impacting park neighbours, including across State and Territory borders,” he said.

“Some areas will be closed to the public when burns are being carried out, including some campgrounds, day use areas and 4wd tracks.”

Closures will be listed on the National Parks Website at NPWS local alerts.

“NPWS obtains smoke plume modelling for each burn, to identify when conditions are suitable and reduce the impact of smoke from these burns on the community. While treatment on this scale can result in more smoke than usual, NPWS will be working to minimise the impacts as much as possible.”

Information about the burns are also included on the NSW Rural Fire Service Website and the ‘Fires Near me’ App.

“We thank our neighbours and visitors to the region for their understanding”.

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

The burn is one of 20 that NPWS has planned in the broader snowy mountains region this autumn. They are just some of the many hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS across NSW each year.

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

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