A HAZARD reduction burn being carried out on the western edge of the Nowra township on Monday morning is throwing up large plumes of smoke.
Seven fire crews from Fire and Rescue NSW and the Rural Fire Service are undertaking the burn off operation at the southern end of Shoalhaven Street, around Bainbridge Crescent.
Hazard reduction is being undertaken in the bushland adjacent to the two streets and will continue for the next three to four hours and extend to the area behind West Street Oval.
Fire and Rescue NSW Shoalhaven and Nowra crews are undertaking the burn, with the aid of a tanker from Wollongong while two crews from the Illaroo RFS are also take part in the operation.
The burn is being undertaken to provide a buffer zone to residents in that area ahead of the upcoming fire season.
Fire and Rescue NSW Inspector Norm Buckley said the burn is part of an ongoing plan to reduce the amount of fuel in the area.
“We have had a number of these burns planned and the weather conditions on Monday were ideal, so the burn could go ahead,” he said.
It is expected the burn would take three or four hours to complete.