Ideal conditions embraced forhazard reduction activities

Favourable weather conditions will allow for planned burns to be undertaken across the Snowy Valleys LGA.

Clear skies and cooler temperatures will provide a chance for Riverina Highlands RFS and supporting fire agencies to carry out crucial hazard reduction efforts throughout the area over coming days. 

Favourable weather conditions will allow for planned burns to be undertaken across the Snowy Valleys LGA, with a couple already taking place over the past week.

The burns reduce fuel loads, lessening the intensity of a bush fire should they occur, and enhance the protection of thousands of homes against bush fires. 

Smoke may settle in localised areas across the region. Residents in smoke-affected areas should minimise outdoor activities, secure doors and windows, shelter pets, and, when driving, exercise caution by slowing down and using headlights. Those with respiratory or heart conditions, especially asthmatics, are advised to take necessary precautions, follow treatment plans, and keep medications readily available. 

District Manager, Jon Gregory ESM said “As we reach the end of the official bush fire season, it is now time to focus on the work we can do ahead of the next fire season.

“Wet weather and unfavourable conditions in recent years have contributed to a significant backlog in hazard reduction which we are now working to get on top of. 

“Traditionally, agencies undertake a significant amount of hazard reduction burning in Autumn, so it is good to see this important work now ramping up, when and where possible, to minimise the impact of fires on residents of the Snowy Valleys area.

Mr Gregory continued “I’d like thank our RFS members and acknowledge the cooperation and assistance from National Parks and Wildlife Services, Forestry Corporation NSW and Snowy Mountains Forests, who are working over coming weeks to complete these burns while the weather permits us to do so.”

While you may see and smell smoke from hazard reduction burning, residents are reminded to only call Triple Zero (000) if they witness a fire without a fire truck present.

Further information on dealing with bushfire smoke can be found at www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/bushfire/Pages/default.aspx. 

For a comprehensive list and map of scheduled hazard reduction burns in the coming week, visit www.rfs.nsw. gov.au/hr.Fav

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