Large scale hazard reduction burns on Madden’s Plains this weekend

TWO hazard reduction burns in the Maddens Plains area of the Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area are planned for Sunday.

The two burns, says the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), will treat 50 hectares of bushland and will reduce the fuel load in the area to protect the northern suburbs of Wollongong from bushfires coming from the west.

Pending appropriate weather conditions, the burns are expected to start mid-morning on Sunday, with mop up and patrol continuing into early next week.

The section of the Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area around the Boomerang Public Golf Course, including the Boomerang Fire Trail, will be closed for the duration of the burns. The area will reopen once mop up is complete and the area is assessed as safe.

Traffic control will be in place on the Old Princes Highway near the Boomerang Public Golf Course and motorists are advised to use caution when driving in the area.

People vulnerable to smoke are encouraged to remain indoors and keep their doors and windows closed to reduce exposure.

A spokesperson from NSW NPWS said hazard reduction burns are essential to reduce bushfire fuel loads to help protect parks, neighbours and communities from future bushfires.

“These burns are one of the many that the NSW NPWS is planning in national parks along the South Coast during Autumn,” the spokesperson said.

“All burns around the state will continue being coordinated with the NSW RFS to ensure the impact on the community is assessed at a regional level.”

People with known health conditions can sign up to receive air quality reports, forecasts and alerts via email or SMS from the Department of Planning and Environment.

For health information relating to smoke from bush fires and hazard reduction burning, visit NSW Health or Asthma Australia.

More information on hazard reduction activities is available at NSW Rural Fire Service and the RFS ‘Hazards Near Me‘ app.

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About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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