Residents on the northern Gold Coast have woken to the smell of smoke as a result of a number of planned burns in the area.
A large back-burning project is currently underway in the Nerang National Park and Nerang State Forest as crews try to prepare for the fire season.
The burn started on Tuesday 30 July and is expected to continue until this Friday, 16 August, weather permitting.
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It’s part of the annual hazard reduction management program for parks and forests.
“These burns are being undertaken to protect life and property in the event of a wildfire,” the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service said.
Locals in Nerang, Mount Nathan, Clagiraba, Guanaba, Maudsland and Pacific Pines are being warned not to be alarmed if they see or smell smoke.
Anyone with a respriatory or other health problems are being urged to seek medical advice on the effects of smoke inhalation.
Crews have also undertaken a small back burning project near Dreamworld, in Upper Coomera, overnight.
Smoke may be seen by motorists travelling on the Pacific Motorway in the area.
We’re being encouraged to drive with caution and to conditions.