NPWS burning in Royal National Park

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) in conjunction with Fire and Rescue (FRNSW) and NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) is planning a hazard reduction burn for the Royal National Park at Bundeena, Wednesday 16 September.

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

NPWS Area Manager Brendon Neilly said the small burn in the Woodfield Avenue of the National Park is occurring in this week to take advantage of suitable weather.

“This burn will help protect the communities Bundeena and Maianbar and reduce the risk of wildfire to surrounding properties,” Mr Neilly said.

“The burn is due to begin at about 10am and motorists along Bundeena Drive entry into and out of Bundeena are reminded to beware of potential smoke hazard and drive to conditions. Traffic control will be active on the Bundeena Drive entry in Bundeena.

“Public access to Royal National Park within the Woodfield Avenue area including Bonnievale and associated walk tracks will be closed during the burning operations.

“Smoke from the burn program may be visible in the National Park and may be evident in local communities depending on wind direction.

“People with asthma or those who are susceptible to respiratory problems are advised to keep clear of the area or stay indoors,” Mr Neilly said.

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.

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.

All hazard reduction burns over 50 hectares will be assessed by the RFS in conjunction with NSW Health as required to ensure smoke impacts are minimised.

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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