PARTS of Nowra may experience smoky skies this Sunday from hazard reduction burns in and around Nowra.
If forecasted conditions remain favourable, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will reduce fuel levels on 21 hectares in Wogamia Nature Reserve west of Nowra this Sunday.
The reserve is located about eight kilometres west of Nowra along Longreach Road.
The NPWS reminds people to prepare properties and drive to the conditions.
Every effort will be made to minimise the impact of smoke, 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 very good start and by the end of August, NPWS fire fighters had treated more than 13,000 hectares in national parks and reserves.
At that rate there is potential for NPWS to achieve the best results ever over spring.
In 2012-13 the NPWS achieved a record 208,000 hectares in 1300 separate fuel reduction activities.
This was 83 per cent of the total hazard reduction effort for NSW, demonstrating a clear commitment by NPWS to manage fire in accordance with its Living with Fire 2012-21 strategy.
Under the Enhanced Bushfire Management Program, NPWS will pursue its plan to treat an average of over 135,000 hectares per year in 800 or more planned hazard reduction activities.
For further information on this and other hazard reduction burns in the region can be obtained from the NPWS on 4423 2170.
Visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au for information about hazard reduction burning by all agencies.