Two burnoffs planned for coastal national park

ABOVE: Photo of a burnoff at Broadwater National Park from Evans Head Lookout on Tuesday, May 30. Photo: Lara Leahy

Two hazard reduction burns are planned for tomorrow, Tuesday, May 30 at Broadwater National Park.

The two burns will cover about 1191 hectares.

The RFS will be helping with the burns.

Heath, paperbark, and dry sclerophyll vegetation communities require fire to regenerate. This regeneration process will provide suitable habitat for the endangered Eastern ground parrot as well as a range of other native species in the Broadwater park according to National Parks..

The burns will begin at 9.30 am on Tuesday morning and crews will patrol the fire ground for 48 hours. A helicopter will assist with ignition of the burns.

Tracks and trails within the burn area will be closed including Hind Dune trail, Death Adder trail and Baxter’s trail. Broadwater Picnic Area will also be closed.

Smoke will be visible from Broadwater, Woodburn and Ballina. People with asthma or those susceptible to respiratory problems are advised to keep clear of the area or stay indoors.

Traffic control will be in place on Broadwater-Evans Head Rd including the closure of one lane. Broadwater Beach Rd will also be closed.

Hazard reduction burns are essential to reduce bushfire fuel loads to help protect parks, neighbours and communities from future bushfires.

Photo: Richmond Valley Council

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