Fire planned for Bonny Hills Tuesday

The hazard reduction burn in Bonny Hills in July 2014.
The hazard reduction burn in Bonny Hills in July 2014.

BE alert, not alarmed in Bonny Hills tomorrow (Tuesday March 15).

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) and Fire and Rescue NSW will be undertaking a hazard reduction burn in the reserve bounded by Ocean Dr, Short St, Panorama Dr and Binbilla Dr at Bonny Hills, commencing midday, conditions permitting. 

Other hazard reduction burns across the Port Macquarie-Hastings region over the next few weeks (weather and resources permitting).

The hazard reduction burns are designed to reduce the risk of damaging fires and the potential loss of life and property.

All hazard reduction burns are being undertaken as part of plans developed in conjunction with NSW RFS and Fire & Rescue NSW to reduce the level of ground fuel and the potential for extreme bushfire events.

The Port Macquarie-Hastings area has on average 320 bush fires a year, of which 25 per cent can be considered major fires. The main sources of ignition include escaped private burns, lightning strikes and arson.

Hazard reduction is just one of the strategies used locally to reduce the risk posed by bushfires. 

Other strategies include ignition management (including fire safety permits and Total Fire Ban days), community education, property planning and preparedness.

Prolonged periods of wet or dry weather prevent burns from taking place, and there is a small window of opportunity over the coming weeks. 

Traffic management will be implemented as required, and the community are reminded to exercise caution, and follow directions from Council and Fire Authority crews whilst in the vicinity of hazard reduction burns. 

For further information please contact Council on 6581 8111.

Any changes will be notified on Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Facebook page here