The NSW Rural Fire Service has scheduled a large hazard reduction burn to take place in the Liverpool Military Area starting Saturday, April 14.
Nearly 300 firefighters and firefighting helicopters will take part in the 800-hectare hazard reduction operation to be carried out over several days.
NSW RFS Inspector Scott Deller said the hazard reduction operation was due to start just after 9am on Saturday.
The operation will have resources working around the clock for at least the first 36 to 48 hours.
Due to the proximity of the operation to Heathcote Road, the speed limit will be reduced to 60km/h between Lucas Heights and Holsworthy.
There may be intermittent closures should the road be impacted by smoke.
The Traffic Management Centre advises motorist to avoid the area if possible.
“Hazard reduction plays a vital role in helping to reduce the intensity of bush fires,” Inspector Deller said.
“This controlled burn is extremely important as it will reduce the intensity of a fire burning from the military area into the vulnerable residential areas nearby”
“This particular activity once completed will provide firefighters an advantage in preventing a wild fire crossing Heathcote Road towards adjoining areas such as Sandy Point, Alfords Point and Menai”
“This operation is an important part of our Bushfire Risk Management Plan and there will be further smaller controlled burns in Engadine, Loftus and Bangor in the near future.”
Inspector Deller said it was important to take advantage of suitable weather conditions to conduct hazard reduction burning as soon as they occur.
“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 all adjoining areas 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.”