Hazard Reduction Burns This Weekend

For Dubbo & Narromine

Hazard Reduction Burns This Weekend

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) and Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) have scheduled hazard reduction burns to take place at the area below the wetlands on McGrane Way, Narromine, on October 14, 2017 and at Cornerstone Recreation Reserve, Bunglegumbie Road, on October 14 & 15, 2017.

NSW RFS Superintendent Lyndon Wieland said these two hazard reduction burns are due to start at 8:30am and finish by 5:00pm on each day.

“Hazard reduction plays a vital role in helping to reduce the intensity of bush fires,” Superintendent Wieland said.

“These controlled burns will help protect properties and assets around Bunglegumbie School, and also assist our firefighters to control future grass fires in these areas”

“Each year only a small window of opportunity exists where weather conditions are conducive to controlled burns,” Superintendent Wieland said.

“For a hazard reduction burn to be successful, we require the right wind and temperature conditions as well as ground fuels to be sufficiently dry. If we are unable to get the right conditions on October 14 & 15, alternate dates will be looked at in the future when conditions allow.

“We advise residents in the vicinity of these burns to take appropriate precautions, such as keeping doors and windows closed, removing washing from clothes lines and making sure pets are in a protected area.

“Motorists in these areas should also slow down and take care if driving through smoke, keep the windows up, switch the car air-conditioner to recirculated mode and turn headlights on.”

The area surrounding the burn will be a working environment with firefighters and fire tankers moving around the vicinity. We ask that you assist us by limiting the traffic around the area at this time, for your own safety and the safety of our crews.

Source: NSW Rural Fire Service