NSW RFS's hazard reduction burn at Freemantle

A hazard reduction burn will be conducted at Freemantle on Wednesday evening. Photo: FILE
A hazard reduction burn will be conducted at Freemantle on Wednesday evening. Photo: FILE

A HAZARD reduction burn will be conducted north-west of Bathurst on Wednesday evening.

The burn will take place on a property called “Montrose” on Freemantle Road, this is located behind the Freemantle Rural Fire Brigade Station

“This is a controlled burn and will be monitored by [NSW] Rural Fire Service personnel,” a Facebook post by Freemantle RFS Brigade states.

“There may be others over the next week or so at the same location. We will keep you posted.”

The NSW Rural Fire Service website states that a hazard reduction was “just one way of preparing for bushfires.

“It doesn't remove the threat of fire, and it doesn't remove the need for you and your family to be prepared,” it states.

“There are different types of hazard reduction including controlled burning, mechanical clearing like slashing undergrowth, or even reducing the ground fuel by hand.”

People are urged to take the following steps:

  • 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
  • Vehicles must slow down, keep windows up, turn headlights on
  • Sightseers must 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