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Smoke Advisory - Northern NSW bush fires 2019-08-18 08:32

Posted: 2019-08-18 08:32

Smoke from bush fires is affecting areas of NSW from Port Macquarie north to the Queensland border.

There are a number of fires burning across NSW, primarily in northern parts of the state. These fires have burnt more than 36,000 hectares.

Smoke from these fires is likely to affect broad areas across the north-east of NSW. Winds will continue to be light and variable with the possibility of high concentrations of smoke settling in some areas.

This smoke is likely to persist for the next few days while wind conditions remain relatively stable.

Inversions may trap smoke reducing air quality through the nights and early mornings over the coming days.

Advice

NSW Health reminds people that children, older adults and people with heart and lung conditions are most susceptible to the effects of air pollution and excessive smoke.

If you have asthma or a lung condition, reduce outdoor activities if smoke levels are high and if shortness of breath or coughing develops, take your reliever medicine or seek medical advice.

Asthma sufferers need to follow their Asthma Action Plan and take their relieving medication where necessary. If symptoms get worse, seek medical advice. Further advice is available from the Asthma Foundation website.

Here are some tips to manage the affects of smoke:

  • Monitor Fires Near Me for information about fires in your area.
  • Keep doors and windows closed to prevent smoke from entering your home while keeping aware of fire danger in your area.
  • Ensure pets have a protected area.
  • If you’re driving through a smoky area, slow down, keep your windows up and turn your headlights on.
  • Don’t call Triple Zero just to report that it’s smoky. Save Triple Zero for emergencies.