On the 8th May 2018, the NPWS commenced a backburn of Mount Solitary, Katoomba.
The Blue Mountains Gazette reported:
“Visitors to the Three Sisters this week are seeing views not seen for decades as a large hazard reduction burn is underway.
Mt Solitary, south of Katoomba, was set ablaze on Tuesday [May 8] as part of a hazard-reduction burn that will cover about 3500 hectares, closing many popular walking trails of the Mountains for more than a week.
It is a “strategic burn” according to National Parks and Wildlife to reduce the bushfire risk to the townships of the Upper Mountains, particularly Katoomba, Leura and Wentworth Falls.”
Over 80 local photographers contributed over 100 photos of the massive backburn.