Prospect Nature Reserve hazard reduction burn

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) in conjunction with NSW Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue NSW and Water NSW, is planning a hazard reduction burn for Prospect Nature Reserve within the Prospect Catchment Area, Friday 3 November, weather permitting.

Controlled Burn by National Parks and Wildlife Service and NSW Rural Fire Service, fire and Rescue NSW. Darren McIntosh.

The burn in Prospect Nature Reserve is occurring in early November to take advantage of suitable weather.

This burn will help protect both water catchment assets and the communities surrounding the Nature Reserve and will reduce the risk of wildfire to surrounding properties.

The burn is due to begin at about 9 am and motorists along surrounding roads including William Lawson Drive, Prospect Highway, Reservoir Road and the Western Motorway are reminded to beware of potential smoke hazard and drive to conditions.

Public access to the nature reserve including all tracks and trails will remain closed during the burning operations.

Smoke from the burn program may be visible in the nature reserve and may also be evident in local communities depending on wind direction. “We thank our neighbours for their understanding”.

People with asthma or those who are susceptible to respiratory problems are advised to keep clear of the area or stay indoors.

The NPWS hazard reduction program for 2023 is focused on essential burns to protect both park neighbours, park and catchment assets and park values.

All burns across New South Wales will continue to be coordinated with the RFS and Fire and Rescue NSW to ensure the impact on the community, including from smoke are assessed at a regional level.

Details on specific burns will be made available in advance on the Rural Fire Service website, ‘Fires Near Me’ app, and on NPWS Alerts website.

All hazard reduction burns over 50 hectares will be assessed by the NSW Rural Fire Service in conjunction with NSW Health as required to ensure smoke impacts are minimised.

For health information relating to smoke from bush fires and hazard reduction burning, visit NSW Health or the Asthma Foundation.

For up-to-date information on these, and other, planned hazard reduction activities, visit the Rural Fire Service.

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