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Weather right for controlled burns

National Parks and Wildlife, the Rural Fire Service and property owners are conducting hazard reduction burns this week.
National Parks and Wildlife, the Rural Fire Service and property owners are conducting hazard reduction burns this week.

FIRE agencies and land managers are taking advantage of favourable weather conditions to step up hazard reduction burns across NSW.

This week there are more than 50 controlled burns scheduled across the state.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service has already conducted burn-offs in the Coffs Coast Regional Park, Ocean View Rd at Mullaway and near Nambucca in the Ngambaa Nature Reserve, off Donnelly's Trail, Algomera.

"We've experienced very wet conditions in recent months across many parts of the state and with the weather improving, this is important work to prepare for the inevitable return of fire conditions," NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said.

While hazard reduction burns are underway, some areas may be affected by smoke and people are advised to only contact Triple Zero (000) if they see an unattended fire.

Residents near controlled burns are encouraged to take precautions such as keeping doors and windows closed, removing washing from clotheslines and if driving through smoke affected areas, slow down and switch on headlights.

"Just as fire agencies and land managers are using these benign weather conditions to prepare for the bush fire season, so should the community," Mr Fitzsimmons said.  

"After the recent wet weather, complacency is a concern.

"Fire conditions will return and it's never too early to prepare yourself, your home and your family," he said. 

Topics:  nsw rural fire service



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