Hazard reduction burn in Pilliga State Conservation Area

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is planning to conduct a hazard reduction burn in Pilliga State Conservation Area, beginning on Tuesday 23 April 2024, weather permitting.

Pilliaga Sate Conservation Area in north-west NSW is one of the parks involved in reintroducing locally extinct mammals

The 590-hectare burn is expected to take 4 days, with 3 days of active burning following by mop-up activities.

The burn aims to reduce fuel loads adjacent to the Pilliga Feral Predator Free Area, which is managed by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy for the purpose of wildlife conservation and reintroducing locally extinct mammals.

Broom Road and the fence-line track on the outside of the exclosure will be closed during burning operations. Smoke hazard signs will be placed on Railway Survey, Schwaggers Bore and Bens Road. Smoke may be visible to residents in Pilliga, Gwabegar and Kenebri. People vulnerable to smoke are encouraged to stay indoors and keep doors and windows closed to reduce exposure.

Hazard reduction burns are essential to reduce bushfire fuel loads to help protect parks, neighbours and communities from future bushfires.

This burn is one of many hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS each year, many with assistance from the Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW. All burns around the state are coordinated with the NSW Rural Fire Service to ensure the impact on the community is assessed at a regional level.

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