Hazard reduction burn in Richmond Range National Park will take four days

The view from Richmond Range. Photo: Susanna Freymark

There will be a large hazard reduction burn in Richmond Range National Park starting tomorrow, Thursday, August 24.

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting the burn.

NPWS team leader Matt Wiseman said the 1438 hectare burn was a critical piece in the puzzle to protect the national park and private properties from future bushfires.

“The Richmond Ranges are home to a number of threatened species, including the endangered mountain frog and black striped wallaby and the vulnerable long-nosed potoroo and red legged pademelon,” said Mr Wiseman.

“This low-to-moderate intensity burn will help to protect this critical habitat by reducing the severity of future bushfires.

The burn will take about four days to complete starting at 10.30am tomorrow and continuing over the weekend.

All management trails in the area including Richmond Range Trail, Finneys Trail and Flora Reserve Trail, will be closed for the duration of the burn operation to ensure public safety. The public are reminded not to enter closed areas.

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

All burns are coordinated with the NSW Rural Fire Service.

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