Locals are being asked to prepare for this year's bushifre season
Locals are being asked to prepare for this year's bushifre season Clive Lowe

Burnoffs get in top gear

FORGET making hay while the sun shines, crews from the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and the RFS are making the best of the clear, cool conditions by burning it instead.

With last summer being a wet one, parts of the Valley have accumulated high loads of grass and undergrowth which when dry, can create tinderbox conditions during the warm months, perfect for bushfire outbreak.

NPWS and RFS crews are currently in the midst of an extensive hazard reduction burn program around the Valley which aims to nip this problem in the bud early by burning off the fuel load under controlled conditions.

Local NPWS manager Lawrence Orel said the latest burns had been conducted earlier this week near Wooloweyah and in the southern Yuraygir National Park.

He said the clear, cool conditions were perfect for the program and so far the burn-off operations had been carried out smoothly.

"We've had fantastic weather for the burn-offs recently. We have a program of hazard reduction burning we have to have completed by the time the bushfire season comes around and it's looking to be on track at the moment," Mr Orel said.

He said with some rainy weather predicted, the program might be put onto the back-burner temporarily but the NPWS had more burn-offs planned for the Valley soon.

"There'll be more hazard-reduction burns coming up - pretty much whenever there's an opportunity, we'll be looking to undertake burn-offs," Mr Orel said.



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