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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 bush fire. 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 bush fire hazard including clearing of bushland adjacent to properties and regular fire trail maintenance.

Planned prescribed burns for 2021/22

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).

Prepared - pending weather conditions - Council organised

  • Algona Reserve - Algona Street, Bilgola Plateau
  • Allenby Park Wedgewood - Owen Stanley Avenue, Allambie Heights
  • Allenby Park West - Owen Stanley Avenue, Allambie Heights
  • Angophora SFAZ 4 - Palmgrove Road, Avalon Beach
  • Angophora SFAZ 678 - Palmgrove Road, Avalon Beach
  • Anzac Reserve - Anzac Avenue, Collaroy
  • Attunga Reserve - 477 Barrenjoey Road, Bilgola Beach
  • Bangalley Headland - Whale Beach Road, Avalon Beach
  • Bangaroo Street Manly Dam - Roosevelt Avenue, Allambie Heights
  • Bantry Bay Road Reserve - Bantry Bay Road, Frenchs Forest
  • Bilgola Escarpment Hamilton and Hewitt - 481 to 501 Barrenjoey Road, Bilgola Beach
  • Bilgola Plateau Public School - 148A Plateau Road, Bilgola Plateau
  • Cootamundra Dr Manly Dam - Roosevelt Avenue, Allambie Heights
  • Elizabeth Park North - Thompson Street, Scotland Island
  • Forestville Park - Currie Road, Forestville
  • Golden Grove Reserve - 53 Golden Grove, Beacon Hill
  • Kens Reserve North - Kens Road, Frenchs Forest
  • Lincoln Ave - Lincoln Avenue, Collaroy
  • Londonderry Drive - Londonderry Drive, Killarney Heights
  • Jamieson Park Veteran Pde - The Esplanade, Narrabeen
  • Jamieson Park War Vets - The Esplanade, Narrabeen
  • McKay Reserve Bynya - McKay Road, Palm Beach
  • McKay Reserve Cynthea - McKay Road, Palm Beach
  • North Bilgola Headland - The Serpentine, Bilgola Beach
  • Pinduro Place Reserve - Pinduro Place, Cromer
  • Stapleton Park (Park Ave) - 11A Riviera Avenue, Avalon Beach
  • Sunrise Reserve - Sunrise Road, Palm Beach
  • Wellings Reserve - Gourlay Avenue, Balgowlah
  • Woodlands Reserve - Waratah Street, Mona Vale

Planning commenced - Council organised

  • Forestville Sports Fields - Melwood Avenue, Forestville
  • Government Road West - Government Road, Cromer
  • Governor Phillip Park - Warringah Road, Beacon Hill
  • Ingleside Chase -  Ingleside Road, Ingleside
  • Kanimbla West - Kanimbla Crescent, Bilgola Plateau
  • North Mona Vale Headland - Hillcrest Avenue, Mona Vale
  • Warriewood Wetlands Garden Street - Jacksons Road, Warriewood
  • Wiltshire Park - Ocean Road, Palm Beach

Other agency proposals involving Council land

  • Beacon Hill Rd - Beacon Hill Road, Beacon Hill (Private/Council)
  • Bona Trail - Bona Crescent, Morning Bay (NPWS/Council)
  • Booralie Road - Between Booralie Road and Joalah Road, Duffys Forest (Private/Council)
  • Casuarina - Between Boree Road and Bridgeview Crescent, Forestville (NPWS/Crown/Council)
  • Keiran's Creek Duffys Forest - Between Bibbenluke Avenue and Kinka Road, Duffys Forest (NPWS/Council/Private)
  • Kimbriki Road South - Kimbriki Road, Ingleside (Council)
  • Mackerel Beach (south) - Monash Avenue, Great Mackerel Beach (Council)
  • Spicer Road - Spicer Road, Oxford Falls (Crown/Council/Private)
  • The Chase Trail - The Chase Fire Trail, Lovett Bay (NPWS/Council)
  • Yanada/Joalah Rd - Between Yanada Road and Joalah Road, Duffys Forest (Private/Council)

Completed burns

Completed burns 2021 / 2022

  • Bushrangers Hill - Bungan Head Road, Newport - 17/02/22
  • Ronald Reserve - Ronald Avenue, Freshwater - 28/01/22
  • Lady Davidson Carroll Creek - Lady Davidson Circuit, Forestville - 27/10/21
  • Cicada Glen HR (Bayview Heights) - Mccarrs Creek Road, Church Point (NPWS/Council) - 9/10/21
  • Currawong Lodge - Currawong Beach - 10/09/21
  • Gwarra Reserve - Davidson Avenue, Forestville - 03/09/21
  • Madison Way Pipeline - Madison Way, Allambie Heights - 03/09/21
  • Kinka Reserve - Kinka Road, Terrey Hills - 23/08/21
  • Pathilda Reserve - Florence Terrace, Scotland Island - 22/08/21
  • Elizabeth Park - Thompson Street, Scotland Island - 22/08/21
  • Nyrang Road Manly Dam - Roosevelt Avenue, Allambie Heights - 22/08/21
  • Chesterman Av SFAZ - Sir Thomas Mitchell Drive, Davidson (NPWS/Crown/Council) - 20/08/21
  • Bungoona Elanora Heights - Bungoona Ave, Elanora Heights (Private/Council) - 20/08/21
  • Sydney Conference Centre SFAZ 5 - Ingleside Road, Ingleside - 20/08/21
  • Stony Range APZ - Pittwater Road, Dee Why - 19/08/21
  • McKay SFAZ 10 - McKay Road, Palm Beach - 17/08/21
  • Slippery Dip HR - Wakehurst Parkway, Narrabeen (NPWS/Crown/Council/Private) - 13/08/21

Completed burns 2020 / 2021

  • Corymbia Circuit Wearden - Corymbia Circuit Reserve, Corymbia Circuit, Frenchs Forest - 01/05/21
  • Bates Creek -  Londonderry Drive Reserve, Londonderry Drive, Killarney Heights (NPWS/Council) - 26/04/21
  • Nandi - Nandi Reserve, Nandi Avenue, Frenchs Forest - 21/11/20
  • JJ Hills Kimbriki - J.J. Melbourne Hills Memorial Reserve & Kimbriki Reserve, Kamber Road, Terrey Hills - 20/11/20
  • JJ Melbourne Hills LMZ 4 - J.J. Melbourne Hills Memorial Reserve & Kimbriki Reserve, Kamber Road, Terrey Hills - 17/10/20
  • Elanora Conference Centre - Ingleside Chase Reserve, Ingleside Road, Ingleside - 15/10/20
  • Forestville Park SFAZ 3 - Forestville Park, Currie Road, Forestville - 11/10/20
  • Bantry Bay Road Ararat / Scout - Ararat Reserve, Grattan Crescent, Frenchs Forest - 10/10/20
  • Kirkwood St Bantry Bay Reserve - Bantry Reserve, Reserve Street, Seaforth - 10/10/20
  • Deep Creek Lumeah Ave - Deep Creek Reserve, Woorarra Avenue, North Narrabeen - 4/10/20
  • Catherine Park - Catherine Park, Robertson Road, Scotland Island - 27/9/20
  • Attunga Reserve - Attunga Reserve, Attunga Road, Newport - 17/9/20
  • Churchill Crescent - Manly Warringah War Memorial Park, Roosevelt Avenue, Allambie Heights - 2/9/20
  • Southern Cross Way (knoll) - Manly Warringah War Memorial Park, Roosevelt Avenue, Allambie Heights - 30/8/20
  • Terrey Hills Oval North and South - Terrey Hills Oval, Beltana Avenue, Terrey Hills - 30/8/20
  • Bareena Dr Tania Park Burn Area 2 - Tania Park, Bareena Drive, Balgowlah Heights - 27/8/20

Completed burns 2019 / 2020

  • Gumbooya Reserve - Gumbooya Street, Allambie Heights - 27/10/2019
  • Elizabeth Park - Thompson Street, Scotland Island - 25/08/2019
  • Manly Dam Martin Luther APZ - Roosevelt Avenue, Allambie Heights - 18/08/2019
  • Wesley St (Ing Chase) - Ingleside Road, Ingleside - 26/07/2019

Completed burns 2018 / 2019

  • Manning Street - Roosevelt Avenue, Allambie Heights - 01/06/2019
  • Washington Ave - Washington Avenue, Cromer - 31/05/2019
  • Turimetta Warriewood Headland HR - Narrabeen Park Parade, Warriewood - 15/05/2019
  • Angophora SFAZ 3 - Palmgrove Road, Avalon Beach - 23/08/2018
  • Willandra Village APZ - Willandra Road, Cromer - 22/08/2018
  • Little Head (Terraces) - Whale Beach Road, Palm Beach - 21/08/2018
  • Killarney Drive - Killarney Drive, Killarney Heights - 12/08/2018
  • Golden Grove HR - Golden Grove, Beacon Hill - 12/08/2018
  • McKay Road / Reserve - McKay Road, Palm Beach - 06/08/2018
  • Scalabrini Village - Roosevelt Avenue, Allambie Heights - 05/08/2018
  • Allambie Oval APZ - Allambie Road, Allambie Heights - 05/08/2018
  • Corymbia Cct APZ - Corymbia Circuit, Frenchs Forest - 04/08/2018
  • Seaview Estate - Forest Way, Belrose - 29/07/2018