Smoke alert for Cooloola Recreation Area
THE Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) will conduct planned burn operations within the Cooloola Recreation Area near Rainbow Beach today, weather permitting, as part of the annual hazard reduction/conservation management program for parks and forests.
As a result, smoke may be seen in the Rainbow Beach, Cooloola Cove and Tin Can Bay areas.
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The aim of this burn is to reduce the volume of forest fuels and to create a mosaic pattern of burnt and unburnt areas.
This will help reduce the intensity of any subsequent wildfires, and provide favourable conditions for natural forest regeneration.
Smoke can decrease visibility on the roads, so it is important that motorists drive safely to the conditions.