National Parks Wildlife Service (NPWS), Forestry Corporation NSW and NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) will initiate and continue to conduct hazard reduction burns throughout the Far South Coast.
Forestry Corporation NSW has three hazard reduction burns just west of Narooma, according to the Fires Near Me app, being at Tinpot, C-Ridge Road and Comerang Road, with smoke visible from town in recent days.
“Hazard reduction is a vital element in helping to reduce the intensity of bushfires. These controlled burns will help protect properties and assets in the Far South Coast area and also assist firefighters to control any future bushfires,” Superintendent John Cullen said.
“These operations are an important part of our local Bush Fire Risk Management Plan and there will be further controlled burns across the Far South Coast in the near future.”
Superintendent Cullen said the success of hazard reduction burns depends largely on the weather and that we currently have favourable conditions for burns to be conducted.
Each year there is only a small window of opportunity where weather conditions are conducive to completing controlled burns.
For a hazard reduction burn to be successful we require the right wind and temperature conditions and for ground fuels to be sufficiently dry.
Local residents are advised to take appropriate precautions during the hazard reduction operations.
“This includes keeping doors and windows closed, removing washing from clothes lines and making sure pets are kept in a protected area if burns are planned close to your residence” Superintendent Cullen said.
“Motorists in the area should slow down and take extra care if driving through smoke, keep windows up and turn their headlights on.”
“Smoke will impact on different areas of the Far South Coast during this time especially during the evenings and early morning periods,” Superintendent Cullen said.
Details of planned burns can be found on the NSW Rural Fire Service website www.rfs.nsw.gov.au and we encourage members of the community to be aware of burns initiated around or near them.
“Please be aware that these important works are required to be undertaken in the interests of public safety and that "a smell of smoke" doesn't necessarily require someone to report it through the "000" system which is there for emergency situations.
If, however, a fire is uncontrolled and presents a risk to life or property, we encourage members of the public to call “000” Superintendent John Cullen said.