NPWS plan strategic burns
OVER the next two weeks, the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be carrying out a number of strategic burns in Fortis Creek National Park, north of Grafton.
NPWS North Coast regional manager, Alan Jeffery, said planned hazard reduction burns were part of an integrated bushfire management program that included slashing of fire trails, maintenance of asset protection zones near residential areas and staff training for wildfire response.
Mr Jeffery said the aim of the burning program was to reduce fuel loads, which would in turn reduce the risk of wildfires impacting on local communities.
"Our hazard reduction burns focus on the protection of neighbour and community assets including houses, sheds, fences and timber plantations," he said.
"We have also planned a number of ecological burns to maintain biodiversity using appropriate fire regimes to improve habitat for plants and animals."
All NPWS prescribed burns are planned in detail before approval by local Bush Fire Management Committees, and are undertaken in cooperation with local Rural Fire Ser- vice brigades.