The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) has warned Central Coast residents that they may experience reduced air quality during May as fire agencies and land managers take advantage of favourable weather conditions to complete a number of important hazard reduction burns across the State.
NSW RFS Acting Commissioner, Rob Rogers, said autumn is traditionally when more than half of the annual burning program is completed.
“Forecast favourable conditions over the coming days have provided a welcome window of opportunity to complete some key burns,” Rogers said.
“These burns are planned well in advance and will help reduce fuel loads and give firefighters a better chance of saving lives and protecting homes in the event of a bush fire.
“Smoke from burns, up to and including the weekend of May 18-19, around areas including the Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, Sutherland, Cessnock and Lake Macquarie, may result in reduced air quality as it drifts across the Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Wollongong and Newcastle regions.
“It is a challenge striking the balance between completing this important work and not significantly impacting the community and as such, there have already been some burns rescheduled to limit the smoke impact this weekend,” Rogers said.
National Parks and Wildlife Service will undertake some of the larger hazard reduction burns, with the assistance of NSW RFS members.
Media release, May 14
Rural fire Service