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Planned burn in Magnetic Island National Park

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) conducts planned burns around the State to reduce the risk and intensity of bushfires and support a healthy environment.

QPWS will conduct a planned burn in Magnetic Island National Park from Kelly Street in Nelly Bay on Wednesday 19th of June, weather permitting. This will be a continuation of the planned burn that was conducted in early May.

As a result of the planned burn, smoke may be seen in the nearby areas.

If visiting Magnetic Island National Park near the proposed burn area, observe all signs, barriers, and directions from QPWS Rangers and never enter closed areas.

Avoid driving through smoke where possible and be aware of firefighters working in the area.

These burns aim to mitigate the risk and intensity of bushfires and their potential impacts on communities, infrastructure, parks, and forests.

They are also vital in promoting ecological health, biodiversity, and the conservation of species and habitats.

Planned burns are highly weather-dependent, generally requiring milder conditions and minimal wind.

These same weather conditions can also allow smoke to accumulate and linger until weather conditions change and winds assist in dispersing the smoke.

If smoke affects you:

  • Stay indoors and close windows and doors; and

  • Keep respiratory medication close by.

Live air quality data, and information on smoke and dust health actions, can be found on the Queensland Government’s website

You can stay updated with local QPWS fire activities by visiting Park Alerts or by following Qld Park Alerts on X (formerly known as Twitter).

Public safety is the highest consideration in all QPWS fire management activities. To find out more visit the Fire Management webpage.

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