The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is planning two hazard reduction burns in southern Kosciuszko National Park and Paupong Nature Reserve from Thursday March 10th, weather permitting.
NPWS Branch Director Mick Pettitt said the 1000ha burn at Ingebyra in the southern Kosciuszko NP is approximately 25km south west of Jindabyne and the 760ha Paupong West burn is about 20km to the south east.
“These are strategic hazard reduction burns, to help limit the potential spread of wildfire to surrounding private properties and to protect park assets from fire impacts,” Mr Pettitt said.
“The burns are due to begin at about 11am and residents and visitors are reminded to drive to conditions and observe any warning signs or directions from fire crews.
“Public access to these areas and four-wheel drive trails will be closed during burning operations including the Paupong Fire Trail.
“Smoke from the burn program may be visible in the southern Monaro and north east Victoria 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, often with the assistance of the NSW Rural Fire.
- For health information relating to smoke from bush fires and hazard reduction burning, visit NSW Health or the Asthma Foundation.