19 Dec 2019 - Rod Campbell
In the Hunter Valley, the popular Chichester State Forest, as well as forests of the Barrington Tops and nearby Watagan mountains, are closed to visitors due to a heightened fire risk.
Port Stephens Hunter Police District officers will be supporting Forestry Corporation over the New Year period through patrolling key forest areas.
Forestry Corporation of NSW’s Manager Tourism and Partnerships Louise Faulkner, said it was unfortunate timing but necessary to close local forests for the safety of visitors, firefighting staff and nearby communities.
“For the safety of our visitors, Forestry Corporation has enacted a number of State forest closures across NSW,” Ms Faulkner said.
“Of note, Chichester State Forest in the Upper Hunter is closed, including both the Allyn River and Telegherry River visitor areas.
“We ask all our regular visitors to please observe the closure and stay out of the forest until the fire risk has lessened."
Visitors should remain vigilant to bushfire risk and consult the Rural Fire Service website for current advice on the fire danger rating, as well as downloading the free Rural Fire Service Fires Near Me app.
“With the severe conditions facing NSW over the coming weeks, we strongly encourage people to keep informed of the current fire conditions and postpone any trips planned into State forests,” Ms Faulkner said.
“We are also reminding visitors also that solid fuel bans continue to apply in State forests, and to check for total fire bans.”
A FULL LIST of the STATEWIDE FOREST CLOSURES is available at www.forestrycorporation.com.au/visit.
Regular updates will also be posted on Facebook (@visitNSWForests) over the holiday period.
Media contact: Rod Campbell 0428058549