17-hectare burn to reduce risk
THE National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and the Rural Fire Service are putting the final preparations in place for a planned 17 hectare hazard reduction burn located north of Byron Bay within the Tyagarah Nature Reserve, council managed land and private property.
NPWS fire management officer, Martin O’Connell, said the burn would help to reduce risk to property from wildfire and protect the natural and cultural values of the nature reserve.
“The burn will take place near the southern end of Tyagarah Nature Reserve and is currently planned for late July subject to weather conditions,” Mr O’Connell said.
Local Rural Fire Service (RFS) staff and volunteers, New South Wales Fire Brigade and National Parks and Wildlife Service staff will conduct the burn.
To allow this hazard reduction burn to proceed with a minimum of inconvenience, residents are asked to undertake the following precautions and preparations before and during the burn.
Nearby residents will be notified closer to the day of the burn.
• Ensure all windows and doors are closed especially if you will be absent from your home at any time during this period;
• Ensure all children are supervised during the burn operation;
• Ensure pets are secured;
• It would be best to not leave washing on the line if you will be absent from your home during this period;
• Do not create vehicular or pedestrian congestion near the operation; and
• Only authorised personnel are permitted on the fire ground for the duration of the operation.
For further information please contact the Byron NPWS office on 6620 9300 or the Rural Fire Service on 6684 3662.