Hazard reduction burn

IF you see plenty of smoke hanging over Coffs Harbour early next week, here’s why.

Forests NSW is planning a post-harvest hazard reduction burn in Orara East State Forest near Moonee on Monday.

The burn will be just west of the Pacific Highway on Bucca Road and Old Bucca Road including Eastern Boundary, Link and Boyd’s Forest roads.

“The burning will take place under suitable conditions and smoke hazard ahead signs will be in place during the operation to warn motorists,” forester Adrien Thompson said.

“Areas possibly affected by the burn include Lower Bucca, Central Bucca and Heritage Park residents. The planned burn area covers approximately 195 hectares.

“By conducting burns in recently harvested areas we can remove the flash fuels such as leaves and small limbs and reduce the fire hazard, while at the same time assisting the natural regeneration of the forest.”

The burns are part of a co-ordinated program with other agencies including the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Rural Fire Service.

Meanwhile, the Rural Fire Service on the Mid North Coast has reported a quiet few weeks.

“It’s been too wet for people to start burning off,” Inspector Ron Collingridge said.

“We’ve had very little problems and people have been very careful since the end of the bushfire danger period last month.

“However, we are obviously heading into our traditionally dry season.”

Local RFS crews head to Glen Innes this weekend for Northern Region exercises.

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