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Just a week after it reopened following a deliberately lit fire, the Minyon Loop walking track in Nightcap National Park has been closed again due to an increased forecast bushfire risk.

Local roads in the area remain open.

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) report the recent fire in the Minyon Falls section of the park has continued to smoulder over the past week and the predicted weather may increase fire activity within the burn area over the next few days.

NPWS Richmond River acting area manager, Lisa Wellman, said that all access roads to the park will remain open including the Rummery Park campground, Minyon Grass Picnic Area and Minyon Falls lookout visitor areas.

‘The NPWS is concerned for the safety of park visitor’s during this period of severe bushfire risk and request that members of the public observe the walking track closure and associated signage’, Ms Wellman said.

‘Although the fire is contained, small sections are still smouldering which may increase over the next few days.

‘NPWS may undertake further fire operations and associated control to manage fire activity in this area.

‘For public safety, signs are in place regarding the closure of the track and penalties apply for entering the closed area.’

NPWS will review the track closure before the long weekend with the intention of reopening the track subject to weather conditions and fire activity.

 


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