The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting an essential hazard reduction burn in Jervis Bay National Park today, Friday 23 April.
NPWS South Branch Director Kane Weeks said that the burn will cover around 24-hectares in a section of the park just west of Huskisson.
“Local NPWS is making the most of favourable conditions we are experiencing this week to undertake as much as we can of our autumn hazard reduction program,” said Mr Weeks.
“While conditions are good, residents of Huskisson can expect to see some smoke as the burn progresses throughout the day.
“Motorists in the vicinity are asked to drive to conditions, follow all signage and directions from fire crews.
“The burn is in a strategic location that was not directly impacted by the black summer bushfires and today’s burn will help limit the potential spread of wildfire into Jervis Bay villages and surrounding private properties.
“NSW Rural Fire Service crews will assist NPWS with this burn,” Mr Weeks said.
Smoke from bush fires and hazard reduction burning can affect some people more than others.
NSW Health reminds people that children, older adults and those with heart and lung conditions are most susceptible to the effects of air pollution and excessive smoke.
If you have asthma or a lung condition, reduce outdoor activities if smoke levels are high and if shortness of breath or coughing develops, take your reliever medicine or seek medical advice.
Any associated NPWS track or trail closures will be listed on the NPWS Alerts page.
This burn is one of 13 hazard reduction burns NPWS has planned for the Shoalhaven area this autumn, and one of the many burns undertaken by NPWS across NSW each year.