NPWS and NSW RFS conduct hazard reduction burn on May 17 and 18

A hazard reduction burn is underway in Dharawal National Park. Picture: Jeff McGill
A hazard reduction burn is underway in Dharawal National Park. Picture: Jeff McGill

A hazard reduction burn is underway in Dharawal National Park.

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) started the burn on Wednesday morning.

The burn will continue into Wednesday evening before finishing up on Thursday, May 18, weather permitting.

NPWS acting area manager Jennifer Bean said the low intensity burn was being undertaken to reduce fuel loads in the area. 

“The 35 hectare burn will take place to the south of Victoria Road between Fire Trail 10B and the Jingga walking trail,” she said.

“The Victoria Road, Wedderburn entrance to Dharawal National Park will be closed during the burning operation.

“This includes access to the popular destination of O’Hare’s lookout, Minerva rock pool and Jingga rock pool.”

Ms Bean said smoke from the burn might impact on the adjoining Wedderburn area and the NPWS thanked nearby residents for being understanding.

“Drivers on Lysaght’s Road in particular are warned to take care and follow any directions from fire crews as smoke may impact visibility,” she said.

This burn is one of many hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS across NSW each year, many with assistance from the RFS and Fire and Rescue NSW.

The operation is part of the NSW government's $76 million package over six years to boost bush fire preparedness and double hazard reduction in the state's national parks, where conditions allow.