Mogo State Forest reopened following hazard reduction burn

Mogo State Forest has been reopened following a five-day, 234-hectare hazard reduction burn west of Surf Beach and Batehaven and south of Catalina last month, but Forestry Corporation is reminding visitors to take care in recently burnt areas.

Forestry Corporation of NSW’s Protection Planner Rob Young thanked the community for their patience during the burn.

“Completing hazard reduction burns is a critical part of Forestry Corporation’s role protecting the region from wildfires and our firefighters have now significantly reduced the risk of a bushfire taking hold in the warmer months and threatening nearby homes,” Mr Young said.

“Hazard reduction burns are one of the best and safest ways to reduce bushfire risk for the local community and, with Mogo State Forest situated right alongside Batemans Bay, this was an essential bushfire prevention measure.

“While the fire has been fully extinguished and the area has been declared safe, fire can create hazards such as falling branches for some time after burning, so it’s always advisable to take extra care and stay out of recently burnt areas wherever possible.”

Forestry Corporation is completing hazard reduction burns in various forests on the south coast throughout the winter months. Information about planned burns is available on the Rural Fire Service’s Fires Near Me website and app.

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