13 April, 2016

Hazard reduction burn to the east of Glen Alice

National Parks continues with Hazard Reduction Burns

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Mudgee Area is planning to continue this season’s hazard reduction burning program with a large remote area hazard reduction burn to the east of Glen Alice in Wollemi National Park on Thursday 14 April.

NPWS Mudgee Area Manager David Crust, said the hazard reduction burn will cover over 6000 hectares and follow up on a successful burn in the Wallaby Creek area of Capertee National Park on Monday.

“Whilst conditions are generally dry, the Numietta Creek burn is at a higher elevation and has received some light easterly rainfall over the last 2 weeks - conditions are ideal for low intensity burn.”

Mr Crust said there is likely to be smoke from the burn across the district and in particular in the Capertee Valley on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. NPWS fire crews will remain in the area for at least the next week. There is light rain forecast for late Saturday and Sunday which is expected to dampen any remaining fire activity.

Mr Crust said that another 6 hazard reduction burns are scheduled across the region for the Autumn period in Goulburn River, Gardens of Stone and Wollemi National Parks.

“This year we hope to treat over 20 000 hectares. However, we are still at the mercy of the weather, which can derail even the best laid plans. To ensure an effective and safe burn everything must be in place including suitable weather conditions such as temperature, winds and moisture levels.”

“People should expect to see smoke in the area in coming weeks,” he said. For up to date information on hazard reductions, go to the NSW Rural Fire Service website at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

The proposed burns will be part of many hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS across NSW each year, many with assistance from the Rural Fire Service (RFS) and Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) and are part of the NSW Government’s $76 million package over six 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 the NSW Health website or the Asthma Foundation.

Media Contact: Jacki Roberts 0268 410946

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