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Fire safety

It's essential to check with a local NPWS office and get the latest fire safety information if you're planning to go backcountry hiking, camping or 4WD touring in a national park.

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Burned areas

Some national parks and reserves have burned areas due to hazard reduction burning or wildfiresIt's very important that you stay out of burned bushland areas for the following reasons.

Your safety

Only trees directly adjacent to tracks and trails are assessed for dangerous tree limbs. Trees inside the burned areas may have been damaged by fire and branches/trees could fall down and cause injury.

To help bushland regenerate

By keeping off the newly burned ground it will protect and enable new bush growth to form.

Bushland health

We want to prevent unauthorised tracks forming through the bushland.

Hazard reduction burning

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.

Total fire bans

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban or particular NSW fire areas, or statewide.

Gathering firewood is prohibited

Please remember that visitors are prohibited from gathering firewood or removing plants in most NSW national parks.

Mount Imlay National Park. Photo: NSW Government