Sydney has been blanketed by fog on Monday morning (3 May) with drivers warned about poor visibility and ferry services cancelled. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) warned that road conditions would be dangerous, and motorists were advised to take extreme care.
The fog started to clear but was being replaced with smoke from hazard reduction burns.
A poor air quality alert has been issued for Sydney’s east and south-west, with ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’ conditions. People in those areas are advised to avoid outdoor exercise, while those who are sensitive to smoke should stay indoors as much as possible, with windows and doors closed.
The Rural Fire Service (RFS) is carrying out additional hazard burns in areas including Sutherland, Campbelltown, the northern beaches and the Blue Mountains.
A spokesperson for the RFS said they were ‘conscious of smoke impact’ but that it was important to conduct these hazard reduction burns to areas not affected by the 2019-2020 bushfire season.
‘We’ve worked closely with NSW Health to try to reduce the impact of smoke across, in particular the Sydney basin, but also surrounding areas,’ Angela Burford said.
Larger planned burns have been broken up and carried out across a number of days in an effort to reduce the smoke impact.
Smoke is likely to linger for most of this week, depending on the rain forecast for mid-week which will affect the RFS’s hazard reduction efforts.
For more information, please visit: www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-03/sydney-covered-in-fog-hazard-reduction-burns/100111566