May 12, 2018 by admin
Burnoffs: There will be extensive burn off work done in southern Sydney this weekend. Picture: Nick Moir.
SMOKE and ash will fill the skies above Sutherland Shire this weekend, September 1 and 2, as the biggest hazard reduction burn in 20 years takes place.
A 360-hectare burn is planned for the Temptation Creek area in the Royal National Park by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Sutherland Shire Rural Fire Service
It is an important burn ahead of the bushfire season after several other planned burns were cancelled because of adverse weather in the past two years.
The burn aims to protect properties at Kirrawee, Grays Point, Gymea, Sutherland and Loftus.
‘‘Smoke from the burn may be visible to motorists travelling along the Princes Highway and could [affect] traffic along the highway,’’ a NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service spokesman said.
‘‘Motorists are asked to exercise caution and observe road signs.’’
Access to the Royal National Park via Farnell Avenue will be maintained under the direction of the Rural Fire Service but may be closed at times for safety reasons.
All walking tracks and fire trails will be closed during the operation.
It will cover a circular area inside of Loftus and Farnell Avenue at Loftus and extend to areas near Grays Point Road at Grays Point and around to Kirrawee.
RFS Superintendent Andrew Pinfold said a hazard reduction burn in the area had been planned for a long time.
‘‘It is a known fire trail that has caused problems in previous years,’’ Superintendent Pinfold said.
‘‘The opportunity to get in there has presented and we are taking the opportunity,’’ he said.
The burn is subject to weather conditions and is planned to start at 10am on Saturday.
Superintendent Pinfold said children, animals and residents who suffered from asthma should stay indoors.
Residents are asked to remove leaves from gutters, close windows, take laundry inside and stay well away from the area.
Superintendent Pinfold said it was time for residents to start preparing their properties for the bushfire season which starts on October 1.
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