Cold winds bring smoke down from Kroom­bit burnoff

Central Telegraph - - NEWS -

A THICK blan­ket of smoke cov­ered Biloela and sur­rounds over the week­end and early into the week.

The smoke came from a con­trolled burn at Kroom­bit Tops Na­tional Park which was sched­uled from Mon­day last week (Au­gust 14) un­til Tues­day this week.

Than­g­ool Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice cap­tain Don Bald­win said the weather brought the smoke down to the lo­cal town­ships.

“With all the wind we have had and the cold morn­ings the last two morn­ings, it’s just pushed the smoke over the range,” Mr Bald­win said. “On the range there is a big gap up near Lawgi and it comes through there. The wind has just car­ried it in.”

Mr Bald­win sent a crew up with the ser­vice’s new truck get­ting a good work­out.

“I sent a crew up on Thurs­day and they came home Satur­day, spent two nights up there,” he said.

The burn was a part of the an­nual haz­ard re­duc­tion and con­ser­va­tion man­age­ment for parks and forests.

The burns were un­der­taken to pro­tect life and prop­erty in the event of the wildlife.

“There is a lot of cars that go up there four-wheeldriv­ing on week­ends and they are just fright­ened it might get away,” he said.

While there was warn­ing for fires over the week­end, Mr Bald­win said they were more quiet than an­tic­i­pated.

“I haven’t had too much,

The wind has just car­ried it in.

only a cou­ple of con­trolled burns,” he said.

“I thought Satur­day there might have been a few with the winds but there wasn’t.”

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