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Hazard reduction burns continuing along Far South Coast

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The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is planning a hazard reduction burns in the near Digman’s Creek and Wadbilliga National Park, from today, weather permitting.

NPWS area manager, Max Beukers, said the two burns at Digman’s Creek and the four in Wadbilliga will cover over 8500 ha. “The burns will help protect these areas and limit the potential spread of wildfire to surrounding private properties,” Mr Beukers said.

“The burns are due to begin at about noon and motorists are reminded to drive to conditions and observe and warning signs or directions from fire crews. “There are no planned closures of public roads but some park management trails and all areas that are included in the hazard reduction burns will be closed.

“Smoke from the burns may be visible in Dignam’s Creek, Cobargo, Quaama, Upper Brogo, Wandella & Yowrie, as well as Bega Valley, Bermagui, Tilba and Kybeyan depending on wind directions. Additional burns may be scheduled over the weekend in Biamanga NP west and south of Bermagui over the weekend. These are subject to favourable weather conditions.

“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 NSW Health or the Asthma Foundation. More information on hazard reduction activities visit the Rural Fire Service and the Rural Fire Service “Fires near me” App.