Such controlled burns were first carried out in the autumn or early winter but, in the light of increased ecological knowledge, they have
been held progressively later in the year, in line with Aboriginal practices
Fire management is necessary also for the protection of both life and property. Owing to prevailing north-westerly winds on high
fire-risk days in summer, wildfires have the potential to spread from adjoining bushland to the north and north west of the Park, threatening populated areas on the Park’s eastern and southern boundaries. Minimisation of
fire risk to residents involves cooperation and coordination with the community, through volunteer bush fire brigades and the responsible actions of residents.
Fire breaks are provided by natural features within the Park: these include streams, exposed rock outcrops, and south facing slopes,
which generally have a higher moisture content. In areas of the Park where there are insufficient natural features, fire trails provide fire breaks and also allow access for inspection, hazard reduction and firefighting purposes.
Since 1976, no wildfire has evaded suppression within the Park. Since the 1960s unscheduled fires were controlled using the resources of
Hornsby Shire Council and the Volunteer Rural Fire Service. Since the gazetting of the Regional Park in March 1998, these resources have also included those of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
The Park is assessed for fire hazard on the basis of fuel loads present, the topography, ecology and proximity of residential areas.
Hazard reduction burns are conducted, if required, during the cooler months of the year.
The conservation and protection of cultural, scenic, aesthetic and recreational opportunities within the Park are an important part of
fire management, and are considered carefully before any action is undertaken.
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