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NSW RFS volunteers will be conducting a 3.2-hectare hazard reduction burn at the Pottsville Environmental Park, subject to weather conditions.

NSW RFS A/District Officer Aaron Howard said crews will undertake the controlled burn in the vicinity of Korora Parkway, Pottsville, starting at 10am.

‘The NSW RFS, with the assistance of Tweed Shire Council, is carrying out this important controlled burn in preparation for the 2019/20 Bush Fire Danger Period which commences on 1 September 2019,’ said Howard.

‘This controlled burn will help protect properties and assets in the Seabreeze Estate area and help firefighters to control any future bush fires that may impact upon the Pottsville Environmental Park.

Mr Howard said the success of hazard reduction burn depends largely on the weather and that favourable conditions are forecast for this week.

‘The burn was originally planned for last Sunday however rainfall late in the week resulted in the burn being postponed.

‘For a hazard reduction burn to be successful we require the right wind and temperature conditions and for ground fuel moisture to be sufficient.’

The RFS advises local residents to take appropriate precautions during the hazard reduction operation.

‘This includes keeping doors and windows closed, removing washing from clotheslines and making sure pets are kept in a protected area,’ said Mr Howard.

‘Smoke will also be highly visible to people in the Pottsville and Tweed Coast area while the burn is being conducted. If you are in the area, please only call Triple Zero (000) should you see any unattended fire in and around the Environmental Park.’

Pottsville Environmental Centre will be closed to the public while the burn is being undertaken and until the area is deemed safe.

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