Hazard reduction burns continue at Straddie's national park

SMOKE ALERT: QYAC officers are helping Queensland Parks and Wildlife to conduct hazard burns across protected areas at Straddie.
SMOKE ALERT: QYAC officers are helping Queensland Parks and Wildlife to conduct hazard burns across protected areas at Straddie.

PLANNED burns will be conducted at North Stradbroke Island’s southern end throughout the next week, weather permitting.

A Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service spokesperson said the burns would continue through to Monday, August 13, within protected area estate around Blaksley Anchorage at Naree Budjong Djara National Park.

“As a result, smoke may be seen in the areas around Sibelco mining roads in southern areas, Blaksley and Price anchorages, Big Canalpin Creek, Lamb and Macleay islands and marine navigation channels in southern Moreton Bay,” the spokesperson said.

“The aim of this burn is to protect cultural values, reduce the volume of forest fuels and to create a mosaic pattern of burnt and unburnt areas.

“This will help reduce the intensity of any subsequent wildfires and provide favourable conditions for natural forest regeneration.”

Boaties and motorists are urged to travel carefully, with smoke able to decrease visibility on roads and the water.

For more information, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service’s Manly office on 3101 2053 or  0423 028 031.