Be safe during hazard reduction burning

Visitors to the State forests of the Mid North Coast are being reminded to keep safe during the hazard reduction burning season and pay attention to signage and closed areas.

With nearly 1,500 hectares of hazard reduction completed and more underway in State forests of the mid north coast, Forestry Corporation of NSW has closed the areas most recently burnt for public safety.

Mick Wilson, Protection Forester for the mid north coast said trees and branches can fall after fire and particular care should be taken in forests where hazard reduction burning has taken place.

“Hazard reduction burning is an important tool in reducing the risk of wildfires in the warmer months,” said Mr Wilson.

“Over the last week, trees have fallen over roads and trails. This is part of the life-cycle of a forest and fallen trees turn into habitat on the forest floor but we want the public to be careful and stay safe.

Forestry staff are carefully monitoring the areas being treated with hazard reduction burning to ensure they stay within cleared containment lines, and people should stay away from any burning or recently burnt areas for their own safety.

“We have put up road closure signs in Bulls Ground State Forest and will be using heavy machinery to deal with the hazards throughout the week so please, take care and heed the warnings on our signage,” said Mr Wilson.

Motorists should also take care when driving in smoky conditions.

Hazard reduction burns are visible on the Fires Near Me app as planned events.

For more information, contact the Forestry Corporation Wauchope Office on 02 6585 3744.

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