Controlled hazard reductions by the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has led to smokey conditions around Penrith and the greater west this morning (Monday).
In a statement issued earlier today, the RFS said controlled hazard reduction burning was taking place in a number of areas around the Sydney, including Mulgoa, Warragamba, the Hawkesbury, The Hills, and the Blue Mountains.
“While most of the smoke should clear throughout the day and night, smoke may settle in some areas,” the statement said.
“These are important controlled burns which will reduce the risk to people and properties from bush fires.”
Mulgoa Rural Fire Brigade had warned residents on social media of a hazard reduction that would be taking place over August 12 and 13 at Mulgoa between Mayfair Road and Fairlight Road at Fernhill.
“It is anticipated that smoke from this hazard reduction burns will be clearly visible and that smokey conditions are likely,” the brigade posted.
NSW Parks and Wildlife Service was also conducting a 3,200 hectare hazard reduction burn at Warragamba.
NSW Health has reminded people that children, older adults and people with heart and lung conditions are most susceptible to the effects of air pollution and excessive smoke.
Those with asthma or lung conditions were warned to reduce outdoor activities if smoke levels are high and if shortness of breath or coughing develops, take a reliever medicine or seek medical advice.
For a list of planned hazard reduction burns check www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/hr.