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HAZARD REDUCTION: National Parks and Wildlife is conducting hazard reduction burns in popular tourist areas ahead of the fire season.
HAZARD REDUCTION: National Parks and Wildlife is conducting hazard reduction burns in popular tourist areas ahead of the fire season.

THE National Parks and Wildlife Service is continuing its winter hazard reduction program with 1200 hectares of burns completed in the Guy Fawkes River National Park, west of Coffs Harbour.

NPWS Dorrigo Plateau area manager Janelle Brooks said the low intensity burns were being undertaken to reduce the potential for summer bushfires.

"Ideal conditions enabled two separate burns undertaken in Guy Fawkes River National Park over the weekend," Ms Brooks said.

"One 200 hectares burn was at Mayfield in the Boundary Creek area and the second a 1200 hectares burn at Boban on the northern edge of the Red Range Plateau within the Bobs Creek catchment," she said.

"The NPWS has further burns planned for Guy Fawkes River National Park and other areas as conditions permit.

"Visitors intending extended overnight bushwalks in the Guy Fawkes wilderness area should always contact the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre for up-to-date information on planned burns."

These burns are some of many being undertaken by NPWS across NSW as part of the NSW Government's $62.5 million package to boost bushfire preparedness and double hazard reduction in the state's national parks.

The NPWS works with the Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue NSW and Forestry Corporation NSW on many of its hazard reduction burns.

Already this financial year the NPWS has completed over 144 hazard reduction burns treating more than 101,000 hectares. This represents about 90% of the hazard reduction burning conducted across the state.

With the assistance of the enhanced bushfire management program, the NPWS plans to burn an average of over 135,000 hectares per year, through more than 800 individual hazard reduction activities.

For more information on planned hazard reduction burns, visit the Rural Fire Service website: http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.

Topics:  guy fawkes river national park hazard reduction burn national parks and wildlife service npws



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