Rural Fire Service plans hazard reduction burn at Tuggerah, but says the operation won't impact the NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout

SEE SMOKE: The Rural Fire Service is planning a hazard reduction burn at Tuggerah from 9am on Sunday. Picture: Chris VanderSchaaf
SEE SMOKE: The Rural Fire Service is planning a hazard reduction burn at Tuggerah from 9am on Sunday. Picture: Chris VanderSchaaf

Update:

THE Rural Fire Service said the hazard reduction burn planned for a 6.5-hectare parcel of land in Tuggerah today has been postponed due to rain in the past 48 hours.

Earlier:

THE Rural Fire Service said it did not expect its planned hazard reduction burn at Tuggerah this Sunday to have any impact on a major rugby league tournament being played at the nearby Central Coast Regional Sporting and Recreation Complex.

The RFS plans to target about 6.5 hectares of bushland between Fowler Road, Pacific Highway, Hillview Crescent, Tambelin Street and Arunta Road in the hazard reduction burn.

The operation would start at about 9am and be completed by about 7pm, an RFS spokesperson said.

Depending on weather conditions, the burn might be postponed until Monday, at the same times.

The 49th NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout - also known as the Koori Knockout - is being played inTuggerah.

"We are aware that the Koori Knockout is on at the regional sporting complex at Lake Road over the long weekend," the RFS spokesperson said.

"Given the current weather forecast we don't expect the burn to have any impact on the event whatsoever.

"There may be some smoke and fire activity visible from local roadways during and after the hazard reduction operation. Motorists in this area should slow down and take care if driving through smoke, including keeping windows up and turning their headlights on."

Residents in the area should take the appropriate precautions including keeping doors and windows closed, removing washing from clothes lines, and ensuring any pets are in a protected area.

"Residents may also experience discoloured water due to firefighters extracting water from the water mains during the hazard reduction operation," the spokesperson said.

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