7 June 2024

SMOKE ALERT: Batavia National Park (10-16 June)

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A smoke alert has been issued for Batavia National Park ahead of a planned burn from 10-16 June. Photo: Cape York Weekly.

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) has announced it will be conducting a planned burn in Batavia National Park between 10-16 June, weather permitting.

QPWS conducts planned burns around Queensland regularly to reduce the risk and intensity of bushfires and support a healthy environment.

As a result of the planned burn, smoke may be seen in areas adjacent to and near the national park.

If visiting Batavia National Park, QPWS is reminding people to observe all signs, barriers, and directions from rangers, and to never enter closed areas.

Motorists should avoid driving through smoke where possible, and be aware of firefighters working in the area.

A QPWS spokesperson said the planned burns played a vital role in vegetation and environmental management in the region.

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

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

Planned burns are highly weather dependent and generally require milder conditions and minimal wind.

Members of the public can stay up to date on the planned burn by using the Park Alerts feature on the Department of Environment, Science and Innovation website.

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