AN unwelcome guest made its presence felt in the Tweed this morning when residents awoke to a smoke haze originating from the Sunshine Coast.

A Queensland Fire and Rescue service (QFRS) spokeswoman said the service, in conjunction with Queensland Park and Wildlife Service, had conducted a major back burning operation in the Noosa area which caused a smoke hazard in the surrounding area.

According to a Bureau of Meteorology spokesman north to north/westerly winds had blown all night and transported the haze south across the border resulting in the smoke haze experienced in the Tweed today.

Fire crews worked will into the night and with operations continuing today, the likelihood of a smoke haze travelling south and affecting the Tweed remains high.

The QFRS spokeswoman said it was unclear when the work would be completed and the area would be clear of smoke.

In case the haze returns, the spokeswoman warned residents to drive cautiously and to conditions as the haze has cut visibility and to keep their doors and windows closed if they suffer from respiratory illnesses.



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