Breaking: Thick bushfire smoke has settled over Sydney once again as major fires burn out of control.
Three major bushfires, north, west and south west of Sydney are responsible for the horrific air quality impacting 5.5 million Sydney residents.
A massive blaze in the Blue Mountains is impacting Katoomba
here’s the latest updates:
Major Fire Updates
Smoke Advisory – NSW bush fires 2019-12-01 22:33
Posted: 2019-12-01 22:33Smoke from bush fires is affecting large areas of NSW.
The smoke is being blown from large fires burning in the north coast, Hawkesbury, Wollondilly, Queanbeyan and Shoalhaven areas.
The Greater Sydney region, North Coast, Queanbeyan area, Canberra, and South Coast areas continue to be affected by smoke due to bush fires.
The smoke affecting many parts of Sydney this evening is being blown under westerly winds from fires in the Hawkesbury, Blue Mountains and Wollondilly areas. Forecast strengthening winds tomorrow should start to see conditions gradually improve.
If you are easily affected by smoke, take precautions to protect your health.
Please do not call Triple Zero just to report smoke. Save it for emergencies.
NSW Health reminds people that children, older adults and people with heart and lung conditions are most susceptible to the effects of air pollution and excessive smoke.
If you have asthma or a lung condition, reduce outdoor activities if smoke levels are high and if shortness of breath or coughing develops, take your reliever medicine or seek medical advice.
Asthma sufferers need to follow their Asthma Action Plan and take their relieving medication where necessary. If symptoms get worse seek medical advice. Further information and advice is available from the Asthma Foundation website.
More health information is available online at http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/factsheets/pages/bushfire-smoke.aspx.
Tips to manage the affects of smoke
- Monitor Fires Near Me for information about fires in your area.
- Keep doors and windows closed to prevent smoke from entering your home while keeping aware of fire danger in your area.
- Ensure pets have a protected area.
- If you’re driving through a smoky area, slow down, keep your windows up and turn your headlights on.
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