Image taken by Morning Bulletin reader of Mt Archer of the controlled burn-offs.
Image taken by Morning Bulletin reader of Mt Archer of the controlled burn-offs. Contributed By Scott Jones

Residents blow hot air over burn

RESIDENTS fuming about smoke from the Mount Archer National Park burn-off putting a stink on the day's washing can rest a little easier this weekend.

Rain forecast for the weekend should extinguish the controlled burn-off on Mount Archer, said Queensland Fire and Rescue Services regional manager of rural operations Brian Smith.

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service conducted a planned burn within the national park area on Thursday as part of the annual hazard reduction and conservation management program for parks and forests.

Smoke wafted into houses and backyards, and as a result, nearby residents experienced an added hint of smokiness in their household air.

The smoke has been seen in the Rockhampton and Yeppoon areas.

Mr Smith said only a handful of people had contacted emergency services in the past 24 hours to inquire about the stink.

Crews were at Mount Archer yesterday keeping an eye on spots of isolated fires.

The aim of the low-intensity burn was to reduce the volume of forest fuels and to create a mosaic pattern of burnt and unburnt areas in the park.



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