Fraser’s on fire but relax – it’s controlled
THE large plume of smoke billowing from the northern tip of Fraser Island has been caused by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers.
Rangers have been doing controlled burns on the island to prevent a build-up of fuel ahead of the fire season.
Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing regional manager Sunshine and Fraser Coast Peter Wright said all planned burns on Fraser Island were under control.
"Planned burning in the cooler months helps protect lives and property from summer wildfires by reducing organic fuel loads," he said.
"Planned burns are done when weather conditions are favourable, including when prevailing winds blow smoke away from population centres and major roads.
"Recent wet seasons have seen a build-up of organic fuel in many national parks, including Fraser Island, and an extensive planned burning program this year reflects this."
Burand and Wyuna beach camping areas are closed until further notice due to burning operations.
Last week Hervey Bay was choked by thick smoke which was a result of the back-burning operations on Big Woody Island.
Further information on planned burns is available on the department's website at nprsr.qld.gov.au.