Hazard Reduction Burns near Jervis Bay

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is planning hazard reduction burns in the Parma Creek Nature Reserve and Jervis Bay National Park from 30 April, weather permitting.

South Coast NPWS hazard reduction burning

NPWS area manager, Michael Phelan, said there will be an 84 hectares burn from tomorrow in the Parma Creek reserve western side of the Princes Highway between Sinclair Road and Peterson Road.

A smaller, 4 hectare burn in the Jervis Bay National Park, north of the tennis courts within the Grandview West Strategic Fire Advantage Zone, Erowal Bay is scheduled for Wednesday, depending on weather.

“This operation will help protect these areas and limit the potential spread of wildfire to surrounding private properties,” Mr Phelan said.

“The burns are due to begin at about 10 am and motorists are reminded to drive to conditions and observe and warning signs or directions from fire crews.

“Public access to these areas will be closed during the burning operations and smoke may be visible in surrounding areas for a number of days.

“We thank our neighbours 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 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.

This hazard reduction burn is part of the NSW Government’s $76 million package over 6 years to boost bushfire preparedness and double hazard reduction in the State’s national parks, where conditions allow.

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

More information on hazard reduction activities visit the Rural Fire Service and the Rural Fire Service ‘Fires near me’ App.

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