21. October 2021

Smoke smothers Sydney from planned burns in ‘favourable conditions’


Smoke from hazard discount burns settled over Sydney on Thursday afternoon, resulting in poor air high quality readings in components of the town, and a forecast of “fair” for the metropolitan area on Friday.

Planned burns have been scheduled from Thursday over 16 hectares round Little Congwong Beach in La Perouse, south of the CBD, and virtually seven hectares at Grotto Point, close to Balgowlah, on the northern facet of Sydney Harbour.

Smoke over Sydney from Dover Heights in the eastern suburbs.

Smoke over Sydney from Dover Heights in the japanese suburbs.Credit:Edwina Pickles

“Hazard reduction work across NSW, including burns in Sydney’s east and northern beaches, continue while conditions remain favourable,” the NSW Rural Fire Service stated on Thursday afternoon.

“Localised smoke may be experienced. Please only call triple zero to report unattended fires.”

The burns are planned by land managers, together with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

The burn at Little Congwong Beach, La Perouse near Little Bay.

The burn at Little Congwong Beach, La Perouse close to Little Bay. Credit:Louise Kennerley

Fire and Rescue NSW stated relating to the burns close to Little Bay and Balgowlah, “prevailing NNE [north north-east] winds will possibly push the smoke from these burns into parts of metropolitan Sydney”.

The air high quality studying for Rozelle, in the internal west, dropped from “good” to “fair” between 2pm and 3pm, and to “very poor” by 5pm, as a consequence of advantageous particle (PM2.5) ranges which might come from forest fires.

The smoke haze from Balmain. Air quality levels neighbouring Rozelle dropped to poor on Thursday afternoon.

The smoke haze from Balmain. Air high quality ranges neighbouring Rozelle dropped to poor on Thursday afternoon. Credit:Kate Geraghty


In its every day replace, the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment forecast “fair” air high quality for the Sydney metropolitan area on Friday.

Future planned hazard discount burns embrace 55 hectares close to Ingleside, on the northern seashores, set down for per week from Friday and 25 hectares close to Heathcote, in the Sutherland Shire, subsequent week.

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