RFS and NSW Health put out Smoke Advisory for Wingecarribee Shire

View of the Joadja East hazard reduction burn on Wendesday evening from the medium sized helicopter assisting with the burn. Photo courtesy RFS Southern Highlands Team Facebook.
View of the Joadja East hazard reduction burn on Wendesday evening from the medium sized helicopter assisting with the burn. Photo courtesy RFS Southern Highlands Team Facebook.

A number of controlled hazard reduction burns are being conducted in the Southern Highlands, causing NSW Health to issue a smoke advisory for the region. 

Smoke from these burns are likely to settle across a number of townships in the Highlands over the coming days. 

Smoke from bush fires and hazard reduction burning can affect some people more than others. 

NSW Health has reminded people that children, older adults and people with heart and lung conditions are most susceptible to the effects of air pollution and excessive smoke.

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.

Asthma sufferers need to follow their Asthma Action Plan and take their relieving medication where necessary.

If symptoms get worse, seek medical advice. Further advice is available from the Asthma Foundation website.

Here are some tips to stay safe during hazard reduction burning:

  • Monitor the NSW RFS hazard reduction page for information about planned burns and smoke advisories in your area.
  • Keep doors and windows closed to prevent smoke from entering your home.
  • Remove washing from clotheslines.
  • Ensure pets have a protected area.
  • If you’re driving through a smoky area, slow down, keep your windows up and turn your headlights on.
  • Don’t call Triple Zero just to report that it’s smoky. Save Triple Zero for emergencies.

Highlands Hazard Reduction Notifications:

Joadja East Stage 2&3 HR

Date: Saturday/Sunday/Monday 9-13 April 2018

Location: Joadja Road, Joadja

Time: 0900hrs

Area: Approx 1497 Ha

Bulls Point Gully HR

Date: Thursday/ Friday 11-12 April 2018

Location: Morton NP, Wingello State Forest

Time: 1000hrs

Area: 747 Ha

Dinner Creek HR

Date: Thursday/ Friday/ Saturday 12-13 April 2018

Location: Nattai NP, High Range

Time: 0900hrs 

Area: 173 Ha

Sparkes HR

Date: 12-14th April 2018

Location: Redhills Road, Fitzroy Falls

Time: 0900hrs

Area: Approx 77 Ha