National Parks and Wildlife Service and the NSW Rural Fire Service conducting a hazard reduction burn.
National Parks and Wildlife Service and the NSW Rural Fire Service conducting a hazard reduction burn. Matt Inwood

Smoky skies across the Northern Rivers

SMOKE visible around the region today is primarily from private hazard reduction burns, plus a grass fire at Tabulam.

Northern Rivers Rural Fire Service operations manager Inspector Daniel Ainsworth said a number of rural landholders had been granted permits to conduct hazard reduction burns on their properties.

Insp Ainsworth said conditions were almost ideal now to conduct hazard reduction burning on both private land and National Parks.

He said this week permits had been issued for private hazard reduction burns at locations including Nortons Gap, Tregeagle, Grevillia, Wiangaree, Koonorigan and Lindendale.

"There are lots of people doing hazard reduction burns at the moment as it's a good time to get it done because it is nice and cool at night time," he said.

"People will probably still see smoke coming from the burn in the Richmond Range National Park, conducted by National Parks, which, if you were in Casino looking due west, you can see.

"Smoke may also be visible coming from a National Parks hazard reduction burn in the Bungawalbin State Conservation Area."

Tomorrow, Insp Ainsworth said, National Parks staff would be conducting another hazard reduction burn in the Bungawalbin State Conservation Area.

"People who have private hazard reduction burn permits still need to notify their neighbours, and the Casino Fire Control Centre on 6663 0000, when they are burning," he said.



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