Rain hampering hazard burnsThursday February 28, 2013 - 18:10 EDT
The National Parks and Wildlife Service says it hopes rain does not impact its planned control burn in the New South Wales Snowy Mountains.
The Service says it is a race against time to carry out hazard reduction work before adverse weather sets in, especially in alpine areas.
The organisation's fire management officer, Ian Dicker, says bad weather last year has forced the service to double the number of burns this year.
But he says nothing will happen until conditions improve.
â??There's significant ran through the area,â?? Mr Dicker said.
â??I pulled 90 mm out of the gauge from home this morning; so that's going to delay our start by two or three weeks.
â??It is a very small window of opportunity and the way we program our burns if you like we try to do our higher elevation blocks first so we've got two burns on the books to be done as soon as it dries out enough.â??
Mr Dicker says the Service cannot afford another year of delays.
â??We've got 32 plans in the box now, ready to go one the weather turns favourable for us again and that's a total area of about 30,000ha we'll be treating throughout the southern rangers region.
â??Last season we didn't get more than one small burn in of value so we are really doubling up,â?? he said.
â??We are trying to get two year's program bunched together.â??
© ABC 2013
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