THE NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is planning to carry out a strategic fuel reduction burn in Bomaderry Creek Regional Park adjacent to Falcon Crescent in North Nowra tomorrow, Saturday (August 24), if weather conditions are favourable.
NPWS area manager Alex Deura said the proposed five hectare burn will only proceed if conditions are conducive to safe burning.
“Currently forecast conditions appear to be suitable with light south west to westerly winds which should take smoke away from the houses,” Mr Deura said.
“The burn is likely to put up a fair bit of smoke but should be completed in one day, and we will patrol the burn area for a couple of days after this.”
The proposed hazard reduction burn will take place within a strategic fire advantage zone identified in the Fire Management Strategy for the park and adjacent land managed by Shoalhaven City Council.
The aim of the burn is to reduce the volume of naturally accumulated fuels.
Reducing the volume of fuels within strategic areas of the park, may assist in limiting the intensity and rate of spread of any wildfire that may occur.
Smoke hazard signs will be erected in local streets prior to the start of the prescribed burn.
The risk to properties during these burns will be 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 recommended that you stay inside or leave the area during the burn.
The 2013-14 hazard reduction burning program is off to a good start.
By the end of August, if favourable conditions continue, NPWS fire fighters should have treated more than 13,000 hectares in national parks and reserves, a record result for this time of year.