Smoke will be visible across the northern Illawarra from Friday, as firefighters take advantage of cooler conditions to conduct hazard reductions burns in at-risk bushland.
Firefighters will light up 55 hectares of land in three separate hazard reduction (HR) burns in Heathcote and Bangor.
The first HR will start on Friday, October 13, with the others to commence on Saturday, details include:
Each burn is expected to last one day, but firefighters will continue to patrol each area for two or three days, depending on the weather.
"Hazard reduction is 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," the NSW Rural Fire Service said.
"There are different types of hazard reduction including controlled burning, mechanical clearing like slashing undergrowth, or even reducing the ground fuel by hand."
If you seen an unattended fire, call triple-0 immediately to report it.
If there is a hazard reduction burn planned for your area, take the following steps:
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