Strategic burning: NPWS Senior Field Officer Ray Ward begins the hazard reduction burn at Mullaway.
Strategic burning: NPWS Senior Field Officer Ray Ward begins the hazard reduction burn at Mullaway.

Burns reduce risk

THE NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) annual hazard reduction program is successfully under way in the Coffs Harbour area with four burns completed over the past few weeks.

NPWS Coffs Coast Area Manager Glenn Storrie said the burns had been conducted within strategic fire advantage zones at the edge of conservation reserves and adjoining private properties to reduce the risk from wildfire.

“We have completed hazard reduction burns in the nature reserves adjoining Valla Beach, in Yarriabini National Park at Middle Head (south of Scotts Head) and at Mullaway Head-land,” he said.

“The Mullaway Headland hazard reduction burn was conducted in coastal heath at the rear of properties on Arrawarra Headland Road.

“Although small, these timely hazard reduction fires significantly increase the safety margins from wildfire for both local residents and fire fighters,” he said.

“The Mullaway burn is part of an approved five-year burning program for conservation reserves in the Mullaway- Arrawarra area.

“These cool weather burns also have an ecological component as they can stimulate the renewal of native plants that require fire for rejuvenation.

“The burns were all conducted with the assistance of local Rural Fire Service (RFS) volunteers.

“It’s wonderful to see the yellow-tailed black cockatoos moving in after the fire to exploit the Hakea seeds which are exposed by the heat and then watching the vigorous regeneration of the heath in the weeks following the burn.

“The drier than normal autumn we have experienced in the district has provided us with excellent hazard reduction burning weather and we are pleased to have the program well under way,” he said.



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