Smoke haze is hanging over Airlie Beach as permitted burns are being undertaken on Hook Island and North Molle Island. Photo: Josephine Hernon
Smoke haze is hanging over Airlie Beach as permitted burns are being undertaken on Hook Island and North Molle Island. Photo: Josephine Hernon

Why there’s smoke haze hanging over Airlie Beach right now

A SMOKE haze can be seen hanging over Airlie Beach at the moment as permitted burns are undertaken on two Whitsunday islands.

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service is carrying out the planned burns on Hook Island and North Molle Island.

The burns started yesterday and will finish on Sunday, weather permitting.

The planned burn is part of the annual hazard reduction and conservation management program for parks and forests.

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A Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service planned burn alert says the aim of the burn is to reduce the volume of forest fuels and to create a mosaic pattern of burnt and unburnt areas, as well as providing favourable conditions for natural forest regeneration.

Residents are being advised smoke will be present at Hook Island and North Molle Island during the period.

Visibility on the water could be impeded by the smoke, so it is important vessels operate safely to the conditions.

Smoke haze is hanging over Airlie Beach as permitted burns are being undertaken on Hook Island and North Molle Island. Photo: Josephine Hernon
Smoke haze is hanging over Airlie Beach as permitted burns are being undertaken on Hook Island and North Molle Island. Photo: Josephine Hernon

For safety purposes, all visitors are asked to remain well clear of operations, observe all signs, barriers and directions provided by rangers.

For further information please phone the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service on 4962 5205 or click here.


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