Two controlled burns are happening near Coffs Harbour on Thursday.
Two controlled burns are happening near Coffs Harbour on Thursday.

Smoke in the air under control

THE smoke in the air today suggests there's a fire but there's no need for alarm.

Two hazard reduction burns are being held today.

The first one is being held in Bongil Bongil National Park, south of Coffs Harbour and the other in  Garby Nature Reserve at Mullaway on the northern beaches.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) North Coast Region Manager Alan Jeffery said the burns in the vicinity of the Old Coast Road in Bongil Bongil National and Orchid Road, Mullaway in Garby Nature Reserve, will minimise impact of wildfire during the summer bushfire season.

"These burns being undertaken with assistance of the Rural Fire Service are part of an extensive hazard reduction program currently underway in the region," Mr Jeffery said.

"Residents and motorists 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.

"Motorists are reminded that fire crews will be active on roads in the vicinity of the burns.

"Where traffic control is in place during the burn people are reminded to drive to conditions and follow directions."

These burns are just some of many hazard reduction burns that will take place in national parks across NSW this year as conditions allow. During 2011-12, the National Parks and Wildlife Service treated almost 50,000 hectares across NSW.



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