Beware of smoke at burnoffs

FORESTRY Plantations Queensland will begin hazard reduction burning in the Araucaria Plantation areas ranging from the Wide Bay Hwy in the north through Brooyar, Amamoor, Imbil and Kenilworth in the south.

The hazard reduction burns are necessary to help protect our forestry plantations and adjacent property.

The map showing intended controlled burn areas can be seen at the Imbil office, or via website fpq.net.au.

Inland regional manager Lester Jarick said recent rain, cooler temperatures and lighter winds allowed FPQ to begin hazard reduction burning in a planned program to reduce the risk of wild fires in the area.

"Annual summer growth of underbrush requires that we undertake hazard reduction burning now.

"Reduction of fuel loads reduces wildfire risks," he said.

Mr Jarick said every attempt would be made to minimise any smoke inconvenience to residents and motorists by timing burns to suit weather conditions.

Mr Jarick said it was important to keep the community informed of FPQ's burning plans.

"If the public is concerned about any fires, they should ring 000."

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