Latest update: Green Cape fire contained

The hazard reduction burn at Ben Boyd National Park which spread beyond containment lines threatening the Green Cape Lighthouse is now contained according to NPWS regional manager Far South South, Tim Shepherd.

At lunchtime the fire was just 500 metres away from the lighthouse but at 4pm on Wednesday, March 5 Mr Shepherd said that there was now "containment all around the fire" and that work was "proceeding well".

He said: "There's no sign so far of the southerly change." The change in wind direction threatened to be gusty and there was concern for the fire's behaviour.

Mr Shepherd added that the winds had dropped off dramatically and at the moment "we've got our fingers crossed".

The planned hazard reduction burn in the park was started on the morning of Monday, March 3 but by the afternoon the fire has spread outside the containment lines. 

Around 12 NPWS staff and seven RFS firefighters have been working at the site which covers 230 ha and spreads from Pulpit Rock Track and City Rock Track in a south easterly direction, Mr Shepherd said.

"The road to Green Cape is closed from the Bittangabee turnoff while NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Rural Fire Service manage the fire, however it will re-open as soon as is safely possible."

This road closure means the fishing vantages of Pulpit Rock and City Rock are not accessible while crews are working in the region.

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