State forests closed due to fire risk

All State forests between the Central Coast and Kempsey, all State forests in the Pilliga region, all State forests in the Central West region and Tallaganda State Forest on the southern tablelands have been closed from Friday 10 February until Monday 13 February due to high fire danger. Sydney’s Cumberland State Forest will also be closed on Saturday 11 February.

Forestry Corporation of NSW’s Senior Manager Forest Stewardship Kathy Lyons said the forests had been closed in consultation with the Rural Fire Service Deputy Commissioner due to the high threat of bushfire.

“All State forests in the Central Coast and Greater Hunter, including Strickland State Forest, the State forests of the Watagan Mountains, the State Forests of the Barrington Tops and State forests in the Dungog, Bulahdelah, Taree, Kendall, Wauchope and Kempsey areas are closed for the weekend due to the high fire danger,” Ms Lyons said.

“Sydney’s Cumberland State Forest will be closed on Saturday 11 February and re-assessed on Saturday afternoon.

“The closures will affect popular camp grounds and picnic areas in Olney, Heaton and Strickland State forests, and recreation areas along the Allyn River and Telegherry River in the Chichester State Forest as well as Lowden Forest camp site in Tallaganda State Forest.

“Staff on patrol are asking all campers and visitors to leave these forests immediately and putting up signs to inform people about the closures."

Forestry Corporation of NSW’s Western Regional Manager Andrew O’Brien said all forests in the Pilliga region were closed.

“All State forests in the Pilliga region are closed for the weekend due to the high fire danger," Mr O'Brien said.

"Please do not enter these forests.

“We’re also asking the community to reconsider their visit to all other NSW State forests until the extreme weather conditions ease.”

For the latest information about fires, visit the Rural Fire Service website.

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