THE NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and the Rural Fire Service are beginning a strategic hazard reduction burn in Gulaga National Park today, August 31, as forecasted conditions have remained favourable.
This ground-based operation should be complete by tomorrow, and in coming weeks, if the weather is suitable, there will be further hazard reduction burning in the area using aerial ignition.
NPWS Manager for the Central Area of the Far South Coast Preston Cope said the burn would reduce fuel loads on approximately 290 hectares of reserve.
“This hazard reduction burn will be at the western shores of Wallaga Lake between Dignams and Narira Creeks,” Mr Cope said.
“Wallaga Lake trail will be closed at the junction with Kitchen Hole Trail.
“Smoke may affect Wallaga Lake and Wallaga Lake Heights, Akolele, Fairhaven, and Beauty Point so residents and visitors should take precautions and motorists are reminded to drive to the conditions.”
Mr Cope said the objective of this burn was to reduce the fuel available during a potential wildfire event travelling from the north-northwest to help protect neighbouring assets.
The risk to properties during this burn is considered low, however to ensure your property is well prepared:
* Remove leaf litter from gutters.
* Ensure pets are secure within your property and have an area that provides protection for them.
* Close all windows and remove washing from clothes lines.
* Stay well clear of fire operations during the burn.
* If you have asthma or a lung condition it is recommend that you stay inside or leave the area during the burn.
This hazard reduction activity is part of the NSW Government’s $62 million package to boost bushfire preparedness and just one of many being undertaken by NPWS across NSW, as conditions dry out.
During 2011-12, the National Parks and Wildlife Service completed 204 prescribed burns treating an area of nearly 50,000 hectares.
For more information on planned hazard reduction burns, visit the Rural Fire Service website: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au