Hazard reduction burns in Kosciuszko National Park

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is planning to resume its hazard reduction burn program in the Kosciuszko National Park from Tuesday 6 April, weather permitting.

Hazard reduction burn, National Parks and Wildlife Service staff

Acting NPWS Branch Director Steve Cathcart said the first four burns following recent rainfall ranged from 300 hectares to about 3000 hectares on blocks in the eastern end of the Byadbo area of Kosciuszko National Park to the south west of Bombala.

“These burns will help protect the Park and to limit the potential spread of wildfire to surrounding private properties,” Mr Cathcart said.

“Weather conditions look to be ideal for these burns to start in Southern Kosciuszko about 12.00pm today and motorists are reminded to drive to conditions and observe and warning signs or directions from fire crews.

“Initially, Smoke from the burn program today may be visible in southern border areas of NSW, and North East Victorian near Delegate, for a number of days. Later in the week, smoke may be visible from burns further to the north and other burns closer to the southern end of Lake Eucumbene.

“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.”

These burns are part of our 20-burn program, that the NPWS plan to carry out this autumn. They are some of the many hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS across NSW each year, many with the assistance of the NSW Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW.

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

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