HIGH winds cancelled a 360-hectare hazard reduction burn planned for the Royal National Park at the weekend. Rural Fire Service Superintendent Andrew Pinfold said the burn off was called off on Friday afternoon after winds were forecast to reach 65km/h.

The burn is now scheduled for this Saturday in a joint operation with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and Fire and Rescue NSW.

Superintendent Pinfold said the decision to cancel was a hard one but necessary to ensure the safety of residents.

The burn aims to protect properties at Kirrawee, Grays Point, Gymea, Sutherland and Loftus.

Residents are warned there will be high volumes of smoke drifting over the shire and motorists may face some delays.