Minjary National Park hazard reduction burn

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) with the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) is planning a one-day hazard reduction burn in the Minjary National Park near Tumut.

Fire trickling up hill along control line on hazard reduction burn

The 99 hectares burn from about noon on Tuesday 19 May will go ahead subject to weather conditions.

It will be on the eastern side of the national park about 10 km northwest of Tumut which links larger tracts of forest to the south and north west of Tumut.

It is part of an ongoing program within the national Park to reduce the fuel load to protect properties in the north through to the south of the eastern side of the park.

The 1462 ha park contains significant remnants of South West Slopes forest and woodland communities and their associated fauna species, including White Box Grassy Woodland which has been identified as an Endangered Ecological Community under the Threatened Species Conservation Act, 1995.

Smoke may be visible from Tumut and Adelong. The park will be closed for the day.

The NPWS hazard reduction program for 2020 is focussed on essential burns to protect park neighbours, assets or significant habitat to ensure ongoing recovery of the wildlife impacted by the summer bushfires.

Undertaking burns when conditions are right to ensure they are safe and effective is an important part of managing the potential risk of bushfire to communities and the environment before next summer.

This work also provides firefighters safe zones and access where they can defend properties, should a bushfire occur.

All burns across NSW will continue to be coordinated with the 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.

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