Burning season in parks begins

NATIONAL Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) staff are busily undertaking their annual hazard reduction burning program in the region.

Regional manager Alan Jeffery said the program sought to reduce fuel loads and lessen the risk of wildfires affecting communities.

"Our hazard reduction burns focus on the protection of neighbour and community assets including houses, sheds, fences, timber plantations and picnic areas," Mr Jeffery said.

"We also have a number of ecological burns planned to maintain biodiversity using appropriate fire regimes to improve habitat for plants and animals."

All NPWS hazard reduction burns were subject to rigorous environmental assessment and were planned in detail before approval by local bush fire management committees.

"Over the coming months, burning operations will be taking place across the region when conditions are suitable," Mr Jeffery said.

"NPWS will be notifying neighbours and local media before these prescribed burns begin.

"We will be working closely with local Rural Fire Service volunteers on many of these operations ... "

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