Smoke plume from the Pickering Brook fire 2005
Smoke plume from the Pickering Brook fire 2005.

The Department of Parks and Wildlife issues a SMOKE ALERT when smoke from prescribed burning or bushfires on lands managed by the department may affect people in towns and communities, or restrict visibility for motorists.

Please note that smoke commonly results from other non-Parks and Wildlife sources such as stubble burning on private land.

What to do:

  • Stay informed: be aware of smoke alerts and updates.
  • Smoke and your health: people with conditions exacerbated by smoke should take precautions in line with their medical advice. Consult a doctor or call Healthdirect Australia on 1800 022 222 if affected by bushfire or other smoke.
  • Driving: take extra care, turn on headlights, and drive slowly if smoke affects visibility. Also be aware that fire crews and vehicles may be working close to roads.