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What is a Hazard Reduction Burn?

A Hazard Reduction Burn is a controlled burn that removes vegetation to help lower the risk of bushfires during the bushfire danger period.

These activities occur between 1 April and 30 September each year in extreme and very high risk areas according to the Lower Hunter Bushfire Risk Management Plan.

Fire authorities such as Fire and Rescue NSW and NSW Rural Fire Service conduct hazard reduction burns on Council owned and managed land when required and once all environmental factors have been considered and addressed.

National Parks and Wildlife Services, Crown Land, Forestry, Woromi Land Council and residents also conduct hazard reduction burns during this time.

To find out how you can help reduce bushfire hazards around your home download our Bushfire Hazard Reduction Information brochure (PDF 655KB).

For information about hazard reductions in your area and health advice for those affected by these activities, visit NSW Rural Fire Service or contact Council on (02) 4988 0255.


If you live in rural areas, you can request a permit to burn off small piles during the bushfire danger period from 1 October to 31 March each year. Permits are free of charge and can be obtained by contacting NSW Rural Fire Service Lower Hunter Zone Office on 4015 0000. For more information visit NSW Rural Fire Service.