THE NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service plans to carry out a strategic fuel reduction burn in Woollamia Nature Reserve at the southern end of Pritchard Avenue and Willowford Road on Monday.
Area manager Greg Tedder said that the burn will only proceed if conditions are conducive to safe burning.
“Currently forecast conditions appear to be suitable with light north easterly winds which should take smoke away from the houses,” said Mr Tedder
“The 17-hectare 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.
“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.
“Residents are warned that, some people, including the elderly and people with respiratory conditions may be sensitive to smoke. It is recommended those residents who may be affected by smoke, keep indoors and close windows during burning operations. Smoke hazard signs will be erected in neighbouring streets a few hours prior to the commencement of the prescribed burn.”
Further information on this hazard reduction burn can be obtained from the NPWS on 4423 2170.