Hazard reduction burn starts in Guy Fawkes River National Park

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. Photo: File
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. Photo: File

GUY FAWKES River National Park is undergoing a hazard reduction burn starting today, (August 6).

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) operation is expected to take at least a week, and will see a 3,200-hectare burn occur along the riverine corridor and adjacent flats in the centre of the park to help reduce the risk of bush fires.

The National Park is currently closed, and smoke is not expected to impact local communities, but may be visible for several days in the distance.

All burns across NSW will continue to be coordinated with the Rural Fire Service (RFS) to ensure the impact on the community, including from smoke, are assessed at a regional level.

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 essential part of managing the potential risk of bushfire to communities and the environment before next summer.

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

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 website.

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