Fire hazard burn-off on escarpment

RFS firefighters at work on the escarpment. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODOAbout 60 Rural Fire Service volunteers are conducting hazard reduction fires on about 500ha of Sydney Catchment Authority land at Mt Keira.Illawarra RFS Superintendent Richard Cotterill said it was a “pretty significant” operation ahead of the beginning of the fire season on October 1.”We also did a couple on the weekend at Otford and Helensburgh as we have been waiting for the appropriate conditions to get the burn in,” Mr Cotterill said.”The Sydney Catchment Authority owns vast tracts of land west of the escarpment so this is what we call a strategic fire advantage zone, which is designed so that if we do get any wildfire activity out in those areas, this provides a lower fuel area, so the fire will slow down, lose intensity and allow us to get in and put it out.” FULL REPORT IN TUESDAY’S MERCURYThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.