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National park burns underway in Noosa area

8 June 2017

QPWS rangers will be doing planned burns on the Sunshine Coast over coming weeks. Queensland Government photo.

QPWS rangers will be doing planned burns on the Sunshine Coast over coming weeks. Queensland Government photo.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) Sunshine Coast staff have kicked off their winter burn program, with a number of burns planned for the greater Noosa area and the Sunshine Coast hinterland. 

Senior Ranger Omar Bakhach said conditions for burning would be ideal for some coastal areas after the recent rainfall followed by fine weather. 

Smoke advices would go out to the community before each burn. 

“The burns will help us protect properties by reducing fuel loads next to residential areas, and improve conservation outcomes by opening up overgrown areas,” Mr Bakhach said.

“At least two of these planned burns will be in the heart of Noosa and will involve multiple agencies.

“The Link section burn between Cooyar Street and the Noosa Dolphins Rugby Union fields will be of most interest to the local community, as it’s near Noosa Junction shopping precinct. The other burn – which was started this Wednesday – is on Noosa Hill in the Headland section of the national park.

“QPWS will be assisted by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service including the Queensland Rural Fire Service which will be tasked with protecting infrastructure on the burn perimeter.

“QPWS has limited periods in which to burn, especially for more complex burns that require input from other agencies and sometimes have the potential to cause smoke issues for nearby residents.

“However, it’s much easier to do a planned burn during the cooler months, than to respond to a wildfire in bad conditions during the hotter months.”

Mr Bakhach said this year’s burn program would complement major fire break upgrades by QPWS in the Noosa area over recent years.

“We want to look after residents, and in turn, the residents have always been very supportive of our planned burn program.

“The national park and other green space areas make Noosa the special place it is, and we must manage the fuel loads to reduce the risk of wildfires later in the year.

“Some people may experience smoke impacts, changed traffic conditions and some temporary road closures, but our aim with each burn is to minimise these impacts.

“It’s important for locals and visitors to understand that we can never guarantee the direction of smoke drift from a burn, as wind conditions can change on the day, particularly near the coast where we get morning and afternoon sea breezes influencing our burns.

‘We urge people with respiratory or other health problems to seek medical advice about smoke,” Mr Bakhach said.

As well as sending smoke advices to local media, QPWS will post park alerts about upcoming burns at http://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/park-alerts/ 

Last updated
8 June 2017