It's essential that if you're planning backcountry hiking, camping or 4WD touring in a national park that you check with the local NPWS office first to get the latest fire safety information. Please note that some national parks and reserves have burned areas due to hazard reduction burning or wildfires.
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It's very important that visitors stay out of burned bushland areas for the following reasons:
- Safety: Only trees directly adjacent to the tracks/trails are assessed for dangerous tree limbs. Trees inside the burnt areas, however, may have been damaged by fire and branches/trees could fall down and cause injury.
- To help bushland regenerate: By keeping off the newly burnt ground it will protect and enable new growth to form.
- Bush health: We want to prevent unauthorised tracks forming through the bushland.
For hazard reduction burning information, major wildfire updates and a list of all current incidents in NSW, please visit the NSW Rural Fire Service website. The NSW Rural Fire Service also offers the Fires Near Me - Mobile App for iPhone, iPad, Android, tablet or smartphone users.
During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide.