Reducing the risk of flood debris beach fires
PWS North-West operations manager, Brendon Clark, said the burn was in response to a number of recent illegal fires at the beach, where there was a signficant amount of timber debris from the floods last year.
"It's been a cooperative effort by concerned stakeholders such as the Central Coast Council, TFS and our fire management staff. The council provided the machinery to move the timber into piles suitable for burning, where they were assisted by Green Army participants. The burn was undertaken by PWS and TFS," Mr Clark said.
Mr Clark said the flood debris in itself is not an issue, but illegal beach fires adjacent to coastal vegeation have the potential to impact on nearby communities in certain conditions.
"We're now in a fire permit period and the risks associated with the summer bushfire season are increasing, so removing this fuel also reduces the number of call-outs that impact on TFS and PWS resources.
"We would also ask the cooperation of the community in recognising the risk of lighting fires near coastal vegetation. We remain concerned about the risk posed by arson fires on the North-West coast."