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Smoke haze settles on Beaches following weekend burn offs

HAZE: Smoke haze is visible across parts of the northern beaches on Monday morning following two hazard reduction burns in the area. Picture: Coal & Candle Rural Fire Brigade
HAZE: Smoke haze is visible across parts of the northern beaches on Monday morning following two hazard reduction burns in the area. Picture: Coal & Candle Rural Fire Brigade

SMOKE has settled across parts of the northern beaches following a weekend of hazard reduction burning.

Firefighters conducted a burn in bushland at Oxford Falls and Forestville in an area between Corymbia Circuit, Carnarvon Drive and Peppercorn Drive.

On Sunday, a 125 hectare burn commenced at Terrey Hills, along McCarrs Creek Road and Nerang Avenue, this is called the Smith Creek East Hazard Reduction on the NSW RFS Fires Near Me app. This burn off is expected to continue until Friday, May 7.

Terrey Hills RFS Brigade said this important burn is being conducted along the community interface.

The Smith Creek East Hazard Reduction is expected to continue until Friday, May 7. Image: NSW RFS

The Smith Creek East Hazard Reduction is expected to continue until Friday, May 7. Image: NSW RFS

"Overnight we may see smoke settle across the suburb," they said. "This is likely to clear tomorrow morning as the day warms up.

"Rain is forecast on Tuesday/Wednesday which may lead to further burns in the area being postponed."

Only call triple-0 if you see a fire without a fire truck in attendance.

Tips to avoid the smoke:

  • Keep doors and windows closed to prevent smoke entering homes
  • Keep outdoor furniture under cover to prevent ember burns
  • Retract pool covers to prevent ember damage
  • Remove washing from clotheslines
  • Ensure pets have a protected area
  • Vehicles must slow down, keep windows up, turn headlights on
  • Sightseers must keep away from burns for their own safety
  • If you have asthma or a lung condition, reduce outdoor activities if smoke levels are high and if shortness of breath or coughing develops, take your reliever medicine or seek medical advice
A map of the hazard reduction operation in bushland at Oxford Falls/Forestville on Saturday. Image: Warringah/Pittwater RFS Brigade

A map of the hazard reduction operation in bushland at Oxford Falls/Forestville on Saturday. Image: Warringah/Pittwater RFS Brigade

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