Gold Coasters are being warned not to be alarmed if they see or smell smoke next week, with a big hazard reduction burn planned.
With weather permitting, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service will conduct a planned burn in Nerang National Park from Wednesday 3 to Friday 5 June.
According to QPWS, it’s part of the annual hazard reduction/conservation management program for parks and forests.
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“These burns are being undertaken to help protect life and property in the event of a wildfire,” Queensland Parks says.
Residents in the suburbs of Pacific Pines, Gaven, Nerang, Mount Nathan, Guanaba, and Maudsland may be affected by smoke, with locals urged to close all windows and doors and to keep respiratory medication close by.
Motorists travelling through the area are also being warned that smoke may decrease visibility on roads and are being advised to drive with caution and to conditions.
“Observe all signage, barriers and directions from rangers, and do not enter closed areas,” QPWS warns.
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If you believe you or your property is under threat, call Triple Zero 000 immediately.
Stay up-to-date by visiting the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website at ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map.
For bushfire preparation tips, visit ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety.