Park fire ban to reduce bushfire risk

A fire ban is in place for the Kosciuszko, Woomargama and Brindabella national parks ahead of the forecast extreme heatwave in South East NSW this weekend and beyond Australia Day.

Mount Coree, Brindabella National Park

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Southern Ranges Branch Director, Mick Pettitt said NPWS is concerned about the significant increase in bush fire risk that will result from the heatwave conditions.

“The heatwave is expected to commence on Saturday 23rd January and continue through until the middle of next week,” Mr Pettitt said.

“The Park Fire Ban are designed to protect the safety of visitors and the reserves from the threat of bushfire and means solid fuel including wood, charcoal and briquettes cannot be used.

“While gas, liquid fuel stoves and electric BBQs can be used, provided they are under the control of an adult, clear of flammable materials and there is an adequate supply of water available, visitors should think carefully about the real need to use these during extreme conditions.

“The Park Fire Ban applies to all parts of Kosciuszko, Woomargama and Brindabella National Parks, commencing at 7:00am on Saturday the 23rd, continuing through until at least 11:00 pm on Wednesday the 27th,” Mr Pettitt said.

“NPWS works closely with the Rural Fire Service in determining the need for various levels of fire restrictions and increase patrols of areas where fire bans are in place. Penalties apply for non-compliance,” Mr Pettitt said.

Visit the Rural Fire Service website for details on Total Fire Bans.

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