Multiple Hazard Reduction Burns -

Published: 08 Sep 2020 10:00am

Fire and Rescue NSW are joining with the NSW Rural Fire Service and the National Parks and Wildlife Service to conduct multiple hazard reduction burns around the Greater Sydney, Shoalhaven, Illawarra and Myall Lakes regions today.

Taking advantage of optimal weather conditions, the hazard reduction burns will be conducted in the following areas:

- Huskisson
- Narrawallee
- Horsley
- Helens Park
- Barden Ridge
- Katoomba
- Glenorie
- Maraylya
- Lower Portland
- Smiths Lake

It is possible the hazard reduction will create smoke across parts of the Sydney Basin and other affected areas of the Shoalhaven, Illawarra and Myall Lakes regions ahead of a southerly change and possible showers on Wednesday.

Superintendent Adam Dewberry from Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) said hazard reduction burns are a major priority for the state’s fire authorities to assist in the preparation for the upcoming bush fire season.

Residents in the affected area are to be advised of increased smoke and to take the following precautions:

• Ensure windows and doors are closed to help prevent smoke entering their homes
• Keep outdoor furniture under cover to prevent ember burns
• Retract pool covers to prevent ember damage
• Remove washing from clotheslines
• Ensure pets have a protected area
• Vehicles must slow down, keep windows up, turn headlights on
• Sightseers must keep away from burns for their own safety
• People with asthma or lung conditions are advised to reduce outdoor activities. If smoke levels are high and if shortness of breath or coughing develops, take your reliever medicine or seek medical advice.

If you spot a fire that is unattended, please call Triple Zero (000).

For a list of upcoming hazard reduction burns visit the Rural Fire Service website [external link]

Updated: 12 Apr 2022 03:50pm

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