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What about us: Airds residents call for hazard reduction

Plans for a hazard reduction burn in Kentlyn this weekend have prompted Airds residents to say: what about us?

One Airds resident says there hasn’t been any hazard reduction near her Riverside Drive home for more than 20 years.

“I live three houses up from the bushland that goes all the way to the army barracks at Holsworthy,’’ she said.

“The undergrowth (pictured) is horrible and really needs to be burned as part of hazard reduction.

“When I first moved here in 1984 they use to do it every year.’’

A spokesperson for the Macarthur zone of the Rural Fire Service, which is organising the weekend’s burn of a 79 hectare site at Kentlyn, said he wasn’t aware if Airds was included in fuel reduction plans going forward.

“It’s important we know this and we’ll check it out but at this stage I am not aware of any hazard reduction at Airds,’’ he said.

This weekend’s hazard reduction operation at Kentlyn will go ahead, with conditions found to be suitable for a burn.

The Peter Meadows hazard reduction operation will start on Saturday (October 17), though crews will work all weekend to complete the burn.

The RFS says it will be patrolling the burn throughout the following week.

During the hazard reduction fire crews will be active between the Kentlyn Fire Station on Old Kent Road, through to Junction Road and surrounding streets

A road closure will be in place during the day on Peter Meadows Road while crews conduct the burn in that area.

Bushland south of Peter Meadows Road, between Peter Meadows Road, Darling Avenue and Old Kent Road, including Coral Avenue, will be closed for all activities, such as bush walking.

Residents have been alerted to take precautions during the hazard reduction operation, which will produce a lot of smoke.

Peter Meadows Road will be closed for several hours on the Saturday to allow firefighters to safely undertake the burn and ensure the area is safe for vehicles after the burn.

However residents will have access to their homes.

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