NPWS burning to protect Minnie Water

A HAZARD reduction burn is planned for today to help protect Minnie Water village from summer wildfires as part a program of hazard reduction burns planned for Yuraygir National Park, east of Grafton.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) acting Area Manager Clarence South, Hugh McNee said the burn west of Minnie Water village within central Yuraygir National Park is part of a program of burns planned for the winter months.

"This burn will include heath and forested areas immediately on the northern side the Minnie Water Road," Mr McNee said.

"Motorists are reminded that fire crews will be active on the Minnie Water in the vicinity of the burn and to drive to conditions", he said

"Where traffic control is in place during the burn people must follow directions.

"Residents of Minnie Water should expect to see smoke and people with asthma or those susceptible to respiratory problems are advised to keep clear of the area or stay indoors.

"The objective of the burn is to reduce fuel loads adjacent to Minnie Water Village and compliment mown asset protection zones, by reducing the risk of wildfire travelling through this area.

"This burn is a cooperative exercise between the NPWS, the Rural Fire Service and the local Minnie Water Brigade and has been endorsed by the local Bushfire Management Committee," Mr McNee said.

This burn is part of the NSW Government's $62.5 million package to boost bushfire preparedness and double hazard reduction in the State's national parks where conditions allow.

With the assistance of the Enhanced Bushfire Management Program, NPWS plans to burn an average of over 135,000 hectares per year, through more than 800 individual hazard reduction activities.

In the 2012-13 financial year the NPWS conducted over 80% of the hazard reduction undertaken across the State with a record 208,000 hectares in 1300 separate fuel reduction activities in our national parks and reserves.

For more information on planned hazard reduction burns, visit the Rural Fire Service website: http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.



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