Hazard reduction burn in Eurobodalla National Park

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), assisted by the NSW Rural Fire Service, will be conducting a hazard reduction burn in Eurobodalla National Park adjacent to the Potato Point community on Saturday, 31 July 2021.

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

NPWS Area Manager Paula Tomkins said the weather conditions predicted for Saturday provide the perfect opportunity to treat this 70-hectare area which was not able to be burnt last season.

“This burn is in a strategic location in Eurobodalla National Park and will help protect both visitors to the park and limit the potential spread of wildfire to surrounding private properties,” said Ms Tomkins.

“If you are vulnerable to smoke, we encourage you to stay indoors and keep your doors and windows closed to reduce exposure.

“This burn is one of the many that we’re working hard to carry out across our national parks in the NSW South Coast region during Spring,” said Ms Tomkins.

This burn is supported by the Bodalla Local Aboriginal Land Council. The burn area includes 20-hectares of land managed by the Local Aboriginal Land Council.

To ensure visitor safety while the burn is underway, parts of the park will be closed during the operation. Closures will be listed on the National Parks website at NPWS local alerts.

Depending on conditions, other burns may be carried out across the South Coast region in coming weeks so smoke may be visible for several days.

All burns across New South Wales will continue to be coordinated with the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) to ensure the impact on the community, including from smoke, are assessed at a regional level.

Details on specific burns will be made available in advance on the Rural Fire Service website, ‘Fires Near Me’ app, and on NPWS Alerts website.

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 website.

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