Firefighters battle Royal National Park blaze

The NSW Rural Fire Service on Tuesday said it was confident a fire burning in the Royal National Park would soon be brought under control.

Authorities were alerted to the blaze, burning in remote bushland near Burning Palms, at 8pm on New Year’s Eve.

Firefighters were forced to trek into the area by foot due to its remote location and subsequent poor vehicle access.

Additional ground crews and two helicopters joined in fighting the fire yesterday to stop it spreading.

Initial fears some isolated, heritage-listed beach shacks in the park could be threatened were later dispelled.

An update from NSW RFS at 6pm last night listed the fire’s status as ‘‘being controlled’’.

A RFS spokeswoman said this meant fire crews were expecting to have the fire ‘‘under control in the near future’’.

The spokeswoman said it was unclear what had started the fire, but the RFS would work with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service to carry out an investigation.

Walking trails in the area were closed and people visiting the area park were being asked to be mindful of the fire.

Sixty-four RFS volunteers, eight fire trucks and two water bombing helicopters were deployed at the site at the height of the blaze, which burnt approximately 11 hectares of bushland.

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