Firefighters undertaking a backburning operation.
Firefighters undertaking a backburning operation. Clive Lowe

Smoke in the skies as hazard reduction burning begins

NORTHEN River residents should not be alarmed if they see smoke billowing over the region today.

Smoke is expected to be seen over Mount Jerusalem and surrounding areas as part of ongoing hazard reduction burns in Tweed Valley national parks and reserves.

Tweed Kyogle area manager Damien Hofmeyer said the burn was to be undertaken along Koonyum Range Rd and the Nandaly trail.

It will help provide protection from summer wildfires.

"Local residents should expect to see smoke, and people with asthma or those susceptible to respiratory problems are advised to keep clear of the area or stay indoors and keep doors and windows closed," he said.

Motorists are advised that Koonyum Range Rd will be closed and fire crews will be active on roads in the vicinity of the burns.

Mr Hofmeyer said the National Parks And Wildlife Service conducts hazard burns in many of its reserves over the Winter season for a range of purposes including asset protection of property, strategic fire patrol and to maintain diversity of plants and animals.



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