Smokey weekend with two planned burns at Rainbow and Fraser Island

QPWS are conducting burn offs around Rainbow Beach and Fraser Island from today up until next Wednesday.

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) will conduct planned burn operations within the Great Sandy National Park near Cooloola Drive, Rainbow Beach from today to Monday, 26 July weather permitting, as part of the annual hazard reduction/conservation management program for parks and forests.

They will also conduct planned burn operations on K’gari (Fraser Island) in the Kingfisher South East and Boorangoora (Lake McKenzie) areas from Sunday 25 July to Wednesday 28 July 2021.

As a result, smoke may be seen in the Rainbow Beach, Kingfisher Bay and Boorangoora (Lake McKenzie) areas.

The aim of these burns 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.

For more information, please call QPWS Rainbow Beach office on 5486 9900 or Eurong office on 07 4127 9128.