Hazard reduction burn at Stroud Road this Sunday

PREPARATION: The NSW RFS is set to take advantage of suitable weather conditions to conduct the hazard reduction.
PREPARATION: The NSW RFS is set to take advantage of suitable weather conditions to conduct the hazard reduction.

Residents of Stroud and Stroud Road are advised to keep doors and windows closed and make sure pets are in a protected area this Sunday as the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) conducts a scheduled hazard reduction burn.

Around 60 NSW RFS members will take part in the hazard reduction operation at Yancoal Duralie Mine, Stroud Road this Sunday, August 13.

NSW RFS District Officer John Ryan said the operation is due to start at 10am and  finish by 9pm on the Sunday.

“Hazard reduction plays a vital role in helping to reduce the intensity of bush fires,” District Officer Ryan said.

District Officer Ryan  said it is important to take advantage of suitable weather conditions to conduct hazard reduction burning as soon as they occur.

“Each year only a small window of opportunity exists where weather conditions are conducive to controlled burns,”  he said.

“For a hazard reduction burn to be successful, we require the right wind and temperature conditions as well as ground fuels to be sufficiently dry.

“We advise residents in the Stroud, Stroud Road and surrounding area   to take appropriate precautions, such as keeping doors and windows closed, removing washing from clothes lines and making sure pets are in a protected area.

“Motorists in the area should also slow down and take care if driving through smoke, keep the windows up, switch the car air-conditioner to recirculated air mode and turn headlights on.”