Cold winds bring smoke down from Kroombit burnoff
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.”