Burns under way on North Stradbroke Island

BURNING OFF: Rangers warn of smoke on southern parts of North Stradbroke and Russell islands.
BURNING OFF: Rangers warn of smoke on southern parts of North Stradbroke and Russell islands.

THE Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service will conduct a burn at the southern end of North Stradbroke Island this week, weather permitting.

It’s part of the annual hazard reduction/conservation management program for parks and forests.

A spokeswoman said that as a result, smoke might be seen in the vicinity of Russell Island and southern bay islands areas.

“The aim of this burn is to reduce the volume of forest fuels and to create a mosaic pattern of burnt

and unburnt areas,” she said.

“This will help reduce the intensity of any subsequent wildfires and provide favourable conditions

for natural forest regeneration.

“Smoke can decrease visibility on the roads so it is important that motorists drive safely to the

conditions.”

For more information, call the North Stradbroke Island QPWS office on 07 34788166.