Planned burns will take place on Whitsunday Island this week. Picture: Tourism and Events Queensland
Planned burns will take place on Whitsunday Island this week. Picture: Tourism and Events Queensland

Planned burns on Whitsunday Island

QUEENSLAND Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a planned burn on South Whitehaven Beach this week.

The burns will take place on Tuesday, August 4 and Wednesday, August 5, weather permitting.

The planned burn is part of the annual hazard reduction and conservation management program for parks and forests.

As a result, smoke will be present at South Whitehaven Beach during these days.

The aim of this burn is to reduce the volume of forest fuels around the infrastructure and camping sites.

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In turn, this will help reduce the intensity of any subsequent wildfires and provide favourable conditions for natural forest regeneration.

QPWS have reminded residents that smoke can decrease visibility on the water so it is important that vessels operate safely to the conditions.

All facilities and walking tracks at South Whitehaven Beach including the walking track to Chance Bay will be closed from August 4-6.

All visitors are requested to remain well clear of operations, observe all signs, barriers and directions provided by rangers.

For more information, please call Whitsunday office of QPWS on 4962 5205.



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