Park fire ban to reduce bushfire risk

first_imgPark fire ban to reduce bushfire risk A fire ban is in place for the Kosciuszko, Woomargama and Brindabella national parks ahead of the forecast extreme heatwave in South East NSW this weekend and beyond Australia Day. National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Southern Ranges Branch Director, Mick Pettitt said NPWS is concerned about the significant increase in bush fire risk that will result from the heatwave conditions.“The heatwave is expected to commence on Saturday 23rd January and continue through until the middle of next week,” Mr Pettitt said.“The Park Fire Ban are designed to protect the safety of visitors and the reserves from the threat of bushfire and means solid fuel including wood, charcoal and briquettes cannot be used.“While gas, liquid fuel stoves and electric BBQs can be used, provided they are under the control of an adult, clear of flammable materials and there is an adequate supply of water available, visitors should think carefully about the real need to use these during extreme conditions.“The Park Fire Ban applies to all parts of Kosciuszko, Woomargama and Brindabella National Parks, commencing at 7:00am on Saturday the 23rd, continuing through until at least 11:00 pm on Wednesday the 27th,” Mr Pettitt said.“NPWS works closely with the Rural Fire Service in determining the need for various levels of fire restrictions and increase patrols of areas where fire bans are in place. Penalties apply for non-compliance,” Mr Pettitt said.Visit the Rural Fire Service website for details on Total Fire Bans.Visit the National Parks and Wildlife Service /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, bushfire, director, Electric, environment, fire, fuel, Government, heatwave, National Park, New South Wales, NSW, Safety, southern, visit, Water, website, wildlife, Woomargamalast_img read more