Smoke plume from a bushfire - Photo © DPaW
Smoke plume from a bushfire. Photo © Parks and Wildlife

Smoke from bushfires has featured in the Australian environment for thousands of years, but in the contemporary world, it can impact on communities and their activities.

Certain weather conditions that commonly occur during the prescribed fire season can trap smoke close to the ground and significantly decrease visibility. Parks and Wildlife works closely with the Bureau of Meteorology, using state of the art smoke modelling technology to predict the most likely track and concentration of smoke when deciding whether to carry out a prescribed burn.

Parks and Wildlife makes every effort to avoid smoke impacts to populated areas wherever possible. Each day, informed decisions are made on whether to burn, which burns to ignite and how much to ignite based on consideration of potential smoke impacts on populated areas. Prescribed burning is aimed at producing as little smoke as possible and is generally far less than that produced from a bushfire.

High concentrations of smoke can cause discomfort to some people and reduce their enjoyment of activities. HeathDirect Australia can provide further information on the impacts of smoke. Contact the 24 hour Freecall number 1800 022 222 for immediate assistance.



  • Smoke plume near Barabup 2002. Photo © Parks and Wildlife
  • Smoke from a prescribed burn.           Photo © Parks and Wildlife

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