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Hazard reduction burn in Tomaree National Park

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The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting a hazard reduction burn in the Tomaree National Park on Thursday.

The operation, with the help of the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS), will take place adjacent to Shoal Bay from 10am on 14 September.

Mop up and patrols are expected to continue over the following days until the 28-hectare burn is declared out.

“It’ll help to protect the local environment and community including Government Road, Harbourside Haven, Shoal Bay Beachside Tourist Park and private properties to the east of Government Road at Shoal Bay,” a NPWS spokesperson said.

“Public access to the park will be closed via the Austral Street fire trail, Shoal Bay Boreline Road, Anna Bay Boreline, the West Shoal Bay Access Trail and the Government Radiation Zone Trail.

“They’ll reopen once the area is assessed as safe.

“Smoke may be visible to residents in Shoal Bay and Nelson Bay.

“People vulnerable to smoke are encouraged to stay indoors and keep doors and windows closed to reduce exposure.”

The spokesperson said hazard reduction burns were essential to reduce bushfire fuel loads.

“This is one of many operations undertaken by NPWS each year, many with assistance from the NSW Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW,” they said.

“All burns around the state are 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 the NSW Health website or Asthma Australia.

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

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