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Hazard reduction burn starting Sunday 9 September in Joadja

6 September, 2012Posted in: Environment
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Weather permitting, the Rural Fire Service (RFS) in conjunction with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be carrying out a Hazard Reduction burn starting on Sunday 9 September through to Wednesday 12 September in the Joadja Nature Reserve located off Wombeyan Caves Road.

Neighbours within 200 metres of these burns 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.

As a result of the burns, a small section of Wombeyan Caves Road (west of the Bullio tunnel) will be partially closed during the operations.

Advice regarding hazard reduction burns is also available on the RFS web site at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.

For further information in relation to these Hazard Reduction Burns please contact Council’s Bushland Project Officer on 4868 0819 or the NPWS Area Manager on 0419 408 651.