Smoke may cause concern and inconvenience. It may also affect some
people's health. People with asthma and other respiratory or heart
conditions, older people and young children, are particularly at risk.
In areas where smoke may affect you
Plan ahead to protect your health – be prepared for smoke:
- keep checking when and where planned burns are expected to happen in your region
- if you have a health condition, follow the treatment plan provided by your doctor
- if you are asthmatic, follow your asthma plan and carry reliever medication with you.
Burning plans can change at very short notice because of the weather.
During smoky conditions
First check whether the cause of smoke is a bushfire or planned burn:
To reduce the effects of smoke:
- avoid physical activity
- stay indoors
- close windows and doors
- switch your air conditioner to recycle or recirculate.
If you experience symptoms that may come from smoke, seek medical advice or call NURSE-ON-CALL. Also see:
More about smoke
Smoke stays around:
- a few days – after a planned burn
- up to two weeks – if many planned burns across the state.
Planned burns create smoke:
- at any time of the year – whenever the weather and other conditions for planned burning are right
- mostly in autumn – when burning conditions tend to be most suitable, and smoke tends to stay around.
Smoke comes from:
- local councils – the CFA burns on council land and roadsides to reduce fuel and control pest plants
- farmers – they burn stubble in autumn, and reduce fuels in spring
- plantation companies – they burn leftover woody material after timber harvesting or before re-planting.
- rail, water and other authorities – they arrange burns along railway lines and other land.
- interstate – from New South Wales, South Australia or even Tasmania.
and the Bureau of Meteorology have developed a smoke forecasting
service to help reduce the impact of smoke on nearby communities, where
The health information on this webpage is also available as a leaflet [PDF File - 46.6 KB].