Essential vital hazard reduction burning in Clandulla will be undertaken by volunteer firefighters from the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) on April 21.
The 2.67ha hazard reduction burn will be taking place at 20 Arber Street, Clandulla between 8am and 5pm.
NSW Rural Fire Service Superintendent and Cudgegong District manager Troy Porter said conditions are ideal to complete hazard reduction burns ahead on the next fire season.
"At present, the NSW RFS has six hazard reduction burns it is looking to complete over the coming weeks - three of which are in the Clandulla area," Superintendent Porter said.
"Hazard reduction burning is one of a suite of tools employed by the NSW RFS in order to reduce the bush fire hazard to the community."
Due to smoke being distributed from the area, residents and landholders are encouraged to:
- Keep doors and windows closed to prevent smoke entering homes
- Keep outdoor furniture under cover to prevent ember burns
- Retract pool covers to prevent ember damage
- Remove washing from clotheslines
- Ensure pets have a protected area
"Over the cooler months, the NSW RFS and other land management agencies will continue to identify, plan and schedule hazard reductions activities across the Mid-Western Regional Council area - endeavoring to complete further burns throughout Spring," Superintendent Porter said.
"While we are getting ready for the next bush fire season now, I encourage and implore the Mid-Western community to do the same.
"The decisions and actions you take now could make all the difference to the survival or your property, your family and yourself should a bush fire threaten."
Motorists utilising Bylong Valley Way and Cooper Drive should slow down, keep windows up, turn headlights on. Sightseers must also keep away from burns for their own safety.
If you have asthma or a lung condition, reduce outdoor activities if smoke levels are high and if shortness of breath or coughing develops, take your reliever medicine or seek medical advice.