More burning off in the Northern Illawarra this week.
Last week fire crews took to the area around Clowes Park in Austinmer. This week they’re hitting Stanwell Tops in a bid to make the area fire-safe as we head into what’s expected to be a long, hot summer.
The burn will be carried out between Lawrence Hargrave Drive and Annesley Rd from Thursday through until Saturday, with work continuing late into Saturday night.
Crews will continue to patrol the area on Sunday to prevent flare-ups.
RFS Illawarra Zone Manager, superintendant Richard Cotterill says hazard reduction is vital in helping reduce the intensity of potential bushfires.
“These controlled burns will help protect properties and assets int he Stanwell Tops area. This operation is an important part of our Bushfire Risk management Plan, and there will be more burns in the area in the near future.”
Superintendant Cotterill says they’re taking advantage of a window of perfect conditions. “Each year only a small window of opportunity exists where water conditions are conducive to controlled burns. For a hazard reduction burn to be successful we require the right wind and temperature, and for the ground fuels to be sufficiently dry.”
Stanwell Tops residents are advised to keep doors and windows closed, don’t hang out your washing, and make sure your pets are safe.
And the RFS says if
you’re caught driving through thick smoke, keep your windows up and turn your headlights on.