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August 10th 2002
Prescribed Burns Begin

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is advising Magnetic Island residents the Service will be conducting prescribed burns on the Island's National Park and adjacent unallocated State land from July 10 to late August 2002.

Acting ranger-in-charge, Greg Inglis said a number of prescribed burns could be conducted in this period, when weather conditions were suitable.

"If weather and winds cooperate, we expect that smoke would be carried away from residential areas." Mr Inglis told MT.

However athsma sufferers or people with other respiratory conditions need to be aware of the possibility of smoke in the area during the above dates.

The prescribed burns are part of a larger fire management strategy for the Island, and aim to ensure that widespread, high intensity wildfires do not occur regularly.

"The priority area for this year's prescribed burn is the Mount Cook area, from George Creek to Endeavour Creek, and the headwaters of Ned Lee Creek," Mr Inglis said.

"Over the last few months, staff have worked on firebreaks to prepare for the prescribed burn.

"We'll be conducting small hazard-reduction burns next to some firebreaks to increase their effectiveness."

The fires are expected to spread slowly over several days through the planned burn area, monitored by QPWS staff.

More information on prescribed burns is available during office hours from Magnetic Island National Park's ranger-in-charge, telephone 47 785 378.



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