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Man dies after planned hazard-reduction operation



A 75-year-old man has died after a planned hazard-reduction operation on a property in New South Wales.

The man was treated for severe burns by emergency services after they arrived on scene on The Bogan Way, in Forbes about 11.30am yesterday.

Police believe the man was conducting a hazard-reduction burn of one of his paddocks, with assistance from NSW Rural Fire Service members and family, when he became trapped by the fire.

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He was treated at the scene by the RFS members and paramedics, before being airlifted to Royal North Shore Hospital.

He died in hospital last night.

Police established a crime scene at the property, and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the man's death.

Initial inquiries however suggest his death is not suspicious.

Police will prepare of a reporter for the coroner.

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