North West State forests reopen but caution urged

Forestry Corp of NSW

Forestry Corporation of NSW has reopened areas in Bibblewindi, Jacks Creek and Pilliga East State Forests to the public following the recent Duck Creek fire.

However visitors should remain alert to the risk of falling branches and trees, said Forestry Corporation’s Cypress Production and Fire Manager District, Conan Rossler.

“We’re happy to advise that the fire-affected forests have been assessed and remediated by our forestry field staff and reopened a week ahead of schedule,” Mr Rossler said.

“Our workers identified a number of burnt trees that were still standing and hazardous, and brought them down safely using heavy plant.

“Given the intense heat and damage caused by the fire, there is still a safety risk of branches or trees falling at any time or location.

“We remind all forest users to remain especially vigilant to these risks when travelling through burnt forest areas.

“If public visitors identify any hazards, we encourage them to report at the earliest opportunity to our Baradine Office at 6843 1607.

Forestry Corporation will increase their patrols in fire-affected areas to identify any recently fallen trees and remove hazards at the earliest opportunity.

Work has begun to repair roads damaged by firefighting operations — visitors may expect to see repair machinery in the forest for some time yet.

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