Hazard Reduction Burns

Rural Fire Service RFS volunteer fire fighters backburning in the Southern Highlands

Hazard reduction burns are used to reduce undergrowth and ground fuels in strategic areas of bush land. This work can assist in reducing the intensity of bush fires should they occur in these areas and improve the ability to manage the impact of potential wildfires across the Shire. Planning and delivery of hazard reduction burns is facilitated through the Wollondilly-Wingecarribee Bushfire Management Committee in accordance with the Wollondilly / Wingecarribee Bush Fire Risk Management Plan.

Hazard reduction burns are currently being scheduled for the Wingecarribee Shire and will be listed here prior to the burn occurring. Direct neighbour notifications, as required under the Rural Fires Act, are undertaken prior to the burn.

Further advice regarding planned and current hazard reduction burns in NSW is available from:

NSW Rural Fire Service's Hazard Reductions

Simply use the search / zoom tools to identify your location in the Wingecarribee Shire. Proposed burn areas and the timing displayed on the map is dynamic and will change frequently in response to changes to the scheduling of the burn by the Agency delivering the burn e.g. NSW Rural Fire Service or Fire and Rescue NSW.

Fire agencies will be taking advantage of any favourable weather conditions during Spring to conduct hazard reduction burns across the state, reducing fuel loads and helping to protect homes from bushfires. 

Bushfire Risk Management Plan

Precautions for Residents During Burns

Residents around the hazard reduction burn areas are reminded to take the following precautions:

  • 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.
  • In smoky areas vehicles must slow down, keep windows up and turn headlights on.
  • Sightseers must keep away from hazard reduction burns for their own safety.


Planned Hazard Reduction Burns On Council Owned Land

Date   Name Location
Winter 2023 Alex 39/40

Mt Alexandra Reserve, Mittagong(PDF, 237KB)

Area - 101Ha

Completed Hazard Reduction Burns On Council Owned Land

Date  Name Location
 01/08/2023  Greyladyes Lane ( Gib 10)

Greyladyes Lane, Mittagong  

Area - 5.8Ha 

02/11/2021 Alex 61

Mt Alexandra Reserve, Drapers Rd, Colo Vale

Area - 15.85Ha

02/11/2021 Gib 16A

Oxley Drive, Bowral

Area - 1.2Ha

02/11/2021 Alex 01/05

Mt Alexanda Reserve, Box Vale Rd, Woodlands

Area - 16.5Ha

 08/10/2021 Gibbergunyah Unit 16

Gibbergunyah Reserve, Bowral

Area - 7.3Ha

 25/09/2021  Gun 12/14

Gibbergunyah Reserve

Area - 12.5Ha

 25/09/2021 Riverband Reserve Unit 1

Riverband Reserve, Berrima

Area - 3.5Ha

18/08/2021 Mt Alexandra Reserve (Unit 19)

Jellore St, Welby

Area - 1Ha

18/08/2021 Mt Alexandra Reserve (Unit 24/25)

Merainie St, Welby

Area - 18.4Ha

23/10/2020 Alex 20/21, Colo St

Colo St, Welby (Welby Cemetery)

Area - 4.8Ha

4 & 5/09/2020       PE001W Victoria St HR

Penrose Cemetery, Penrose

Area - 5.5Ha