Hazard Reduction Burn in Gibbergunyah Reserve

25 September, 2012Posted in: Environment

The Rural Fire Service (RFS) will be carrying out a Hazard Reduction Burn from this Wednesday 26 September to Sunday 29 September in Council’s Bushland Reserve, Gibbergunyah (also known as the ‘90 acres’). This burn is being carried out in accordance with the Gibbergunyah Bushfire Management Plan.

The hazard reduction burn will be undertaken in the vicinity of:

GIBBERGUNYAH – On the northern edge of Gibbergunyah reserve (the hillside that is visible from Mittagong looking south).

Neighbours within 200 metres of this burn will be notified by letter box drop prior to the burn occurring.

Hazard reduction burns are used to clear undergrowth and ground fuels in strategic areas of bush land, particularly around the urban fringe. This work can assist in reducing the intensity of bush fires should they occur in these areas.

Residents around the hazard reduction burn areas are reminded to take the following precautions:

– Keep doors and windows closed to prevent smoke entering homes
– Keep outdoor furniture under cover to prevent ember burns
– Retract pool covers to prevent ember damage
– Remove washing from clotheslines
– Ensure pets have a protected area
– In smoky areas vehicles must slow down, keep windows up and turn headlights on
– Sightseers must keep away from hazard reduction burns for their own safety.

Gibbergunyah Reserve walking trails in the vicinity of the planned hazard reduction burn will be closed during the operation.

Advice regarding hazard reduction burns is also available on the RFS website at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au or on the Fires Near Me smartphone app.

For further information in relation to this Hazard Reduction Burn please contact Council’s Bushland Project Officer on (02) 4868 0819.