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Planned burns on Moreton Island

This alert applies to the following parks:

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is planning to conduct its annual burn program on Moreton Island. These burns will include the Protection Zones behind the townships of Cowan Cowan and Bulwer; behind the Tangalooma Island Resort; and the entire length of Middle Road. Larger conservation burns through the northern sections of the island are planned to follow once the Protection Zones are finalised. Burning is planned to commence from late July 2017, and continue until completion by the end of September, weather permitting. These burns are part of the hazard reduction/conservation management program for parks and forests.

As a result, smoke may be seen from the middle part of the Island, north to the Bulwer and Comboyuro Point area.

The aim of these burns is to reduce the volume of forest fuels in the protection zones behind the townships and the Resort, and to enhance the protection from wildfires provided by the Island’s main strategic Middle Road firebreak.

This will help reduce the intensity of any subsequent wildfires and provide protection for residents and businesses within these areas.

Smoke can decrease visibility on the roads so it is important that motorists drive safely to the conditions. Do not enter roads or tracks that are closed. Please observe all signs and directions by QPWS staff and emergency personnel.

Persons with respiratory or other health problems that may be aggravated by smoke inhalation should take suitable precautions when necessary.

For more information, please call the Moreton Island office of QPWS on 07 3408 2710

Last updated
24 July 2017