The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is planning a hazard reduction burn in the Tarlo River National Park on Thursday, 18 April, if weather permitts.
In a statement released by the NSW Government's Office of Environment and Heritage, NPWS acting manager of Illawarra Highlands Area Melinda Norton said the 250 hectare burn is on the southern side of the reserve between Potters trail, Potters north trail and Tarlo River.
"This burn will help protect the Park and to limit the potential spread of wildfire to surrounding private properties," Ms Norton said.
"The burn is due to begin at about 11am and motorists are reminded to drive to conditions and observe and warning signs or directions from fire crews.
"Public access to this part of the park will be closed during the burning operations.
"Smoke from the burn program may be visible in Greenwich Park and Big Hill for two days.
"We thank our neighbours for their understanding.
"People with asthma or who are susceptible to respiratory problems are advised to keep clear of the area or stay indoors."
These burns are some of the many hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS across NSW each year, many with the assistance of the NSW Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW.
This hazard reduction burn is 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.
More information on hazard reduction activities visit: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au and the RFS "Fires near me app."
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