The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is putting the final preparations in place for a fuel reduction burn to increase fire protection adjacent to Bundjalung National Park, between Evans Head and Iluka.

NPWS Richmond River Area Manager Mark Pittavino said that the burn, which is planned for Tuesday and Wednesday this week, will help to reduce risk to property and protect the natural and cultural values of the national park.

“The purpose of the burn is to provide fuel-reduced areas which will help to prevent the spread of wildfire,” Mr Pittavino said.

The burn will be in Bundjalung National Park (West) adjacent to the Pacific Highway, fifteen kilometres south of New Italy, to help reduce the spread of wildfire.

It will take place along a five kilometre stretch of the highway, commencing at Thomsons Road, which is the boundary of the Richmond Valley and Clarence Local Government Areas.

During the burn, roads will remain open but drivers should be aware of the potential for smoke across the Pacific Highway.

The area identified for strategic burning is a result of fire modelling as part of the NPWS fire management planning process.

Burning will commence around midday each day of burning. People should avoid the area where the burns are being conducted and be aware of fire vehicles on the road.

The burn will be conducted by NPWS staff with the assistance of the Rural Fire Service.