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Prescribed burns (hazard reduction burns)

A prescribed burn is controlled burning done in the cooler months to reduce fuel build up and slow the path of a summer bushfire. It is conducted to a given prescription which is created when certain weather and site conditions fall within a set range.

Temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and rainfall are all considered – if it’s too hot, too windy or bushland too dry, it can create a high fire danger which means it would be unsafe to conduct the burn. If it’s too moist, the burn won’t be successful.

Prescribed burns are one of a number of tools used to reduce bushfire hazard including clearing of bushland adjacent to properties and regular fire trail maintenance.

Planned prescribed burns for 2020/21

Northern Beaches Council works with Fire and Rescue NSW, the NSW Rural Fire Service and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service to plan and carry out strategic prescribed burns.

An annual prescribed burn program is developed with the Bush Fire Management Committee (BFMC).

Recently completed

  • JJ Hills - Fire Control Centre, Terrey Hills - 17.10.20
  • Elanora Conference Centre, Ingleside - 15.10.20
  • Forestville Park - West, Forestville - 11.10.20
  • Ararat Reserve - Bantry Bay, Frenchs Forest - 10.10.20
  • Bantry Reserve - Kirkwood Street, Seaforth - 10.10.20
  • Deep Creek - Lumeah Ave, North Narrabeen - 4.10.20
  • Catherine Park, Scotland Island - 27.9.20
  • Attunga Reserve, Newport - 17.9.20
  • Churchill Cr, Allambie Heights - 2.9.20
  • Southern Cross Way (knoll), Allambie Heights - 30.8.20
  • Terrey Hills Oval, Terrey Hills - 30.8.20
  • Tania Park, Seaforth - 27.8.20

Prepared - pending weather conditions - Council organised

  • Allenby Park West, Allambie Heights
  • Madison Way, Allambie Heights
  • Angophora - Ruskin, Avalon
  • Angophora - Wandeen / Bilwara, Avalon
  • Stapleton Park - Park Ave, Avalon
  • Allenby Park - Wedgewood, Beacon Hill
  • Bilgola Escarpment - Hamilton and Hewitt, Bilgola Plateau
  • Algona Reserve, Bilgola Plateau
  • Bilgola Plateau Public School, Bilgola Plateau (Council/Dept. Education)
  • Lincoln Ave Reserve, Collaroy
  • Anzac Reserve, Collaroy
  • Jamieson Park - Veterans Pde, Collaroy Plateau
  • Stony Range Reserve, Dee Why
  • Bantry Bay Road Reserve, Frenchs Forest
  • Nandi Reserve, Frenchs Forest
  • Wiltshire Park, Palm Beach
  • McKay Reserve - Bynya, Palm Beach
  • McKay Reserve - Canara Pl, Palm Beach
  • Pathilda Reserve, Scotland Island
  • JJ Hills - Kimbriki, Terrey Hills

Planning commenced - Council organised

  • Wellings Reserve, Balgowlah Heights
  • North Bilgola Headland, Bilgola Plateau
  • Corymbia Ct - Wearden Rd, Frenchs Forest
  • Ingleside Chase - Sydney Conference Centre, Ingleside
  • North Mona Vale Headland, Mona Vale
  • Elizabeth Park, Scotland Island
  • Warriewood Wetlands, Warriewood

Other agency proposals involving Council land

  • Cicada Glen, Bayview Heights (NPWS/Council)
  • Beacon Hill Rd, Beacon Hill (Private/Council)
  • Chesterman Creek, Davidson (NPWS/Council)
  • Yanada / Joalah Rd, Duffys Forest (Private/Council)
  • Kierans Creek, Duffys Forest (NPWS/Council)
  • Bungoona Ave, Elanora Heights (Private/Council)
  • Bates Creek, Killarney Heights (NPWS/Council)
  • The Chase Trail, Lovett Bay (NPWS/Council)
  • Spicer Rd, Oxford Falls (Crown/MLALC/Council)