Bushwalkers planning to visit remote areas of the Blue Mountains and Kanangra-Boyd national parks are being reminded to check for closed areas due to a planned hazard reduction burn this weekend.
The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is planning a hazard reduction burn in the Blue Mountains National Park and Kanangra-Boyd NP, west of Yerranderie, Friday April 12 which is expected to extend into the weekend.
NPWS area manager Angela Lonergan said the ridgetop burn aims to stop wildfire spreading to the east and affecting wilderness values of the area.
"The aim of the Big Plain burn is to limit the potential spread of wildfire Blue Mountains National Park World Heritage Area and Kanangra-Boyd National Park," Ms Lonergan said.
"The burn is due to begin at about 10 am.
"The Oberon-Colong stock route will remain open however motorists should be aware that there may be fire crews patrolling a section of this road.
"Motorists are reminded to drive to conditions and observe and warning signs or directions from fire crews.
"The NPWS will take every opportunity to continue its hazard reduction program year-round," Ms Lonergan said.
These burns are some of the many hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS across NSW each year, many with the assistance of the NSW Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW.
This hazard reduction burn is part of the NSW government's $76 million package over six years to boost bushfire preparedness and double hazard reduction in the State's national parks, where conditions allow.
For health information relating to smoke from bush fires and hazard reduction burning, visit NSW Health or the Asthma Foundation.
More information on hazard reduction activities visit the Rural Fire Service and the Rural Fire Service "Fires near me" App.