The smoke that resulted from the hazard reduction fires conducted over the previous weekend could be seen across a significant area of Sydney as the workweek began on Monday.
As a result of the air quality reaching “abysmal” levels in the eastern section of Sydney, homeowners have been advised to remain inside their homes as well as keep their windows & doors closed until the situation improves.
A warning has been issued by the emergency services that it may continue for several days.
According to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS), people in Sydney reported seeing smoke on Sunday afternoon and Monday morning. The smoke appeared to be coming from the direction of the city.
Even though the smoke should start to clear up later this morning, there are plans for additional burning to take place today. As a direct consequence of this, smoke is forecast to continue to blanket portions of Sydney and the Central Coast until the middle of the week, according to a spokesman. “While there will be some lingering haze in the air until later this morning,”
People who suffer from asthma as well as respiratory ailments were advised to keep their puffers close at hand and to minimize the amount of time they spent outside if the smoke levels were high in a smoke warning that was issued shortly after 5:30 in the morning by the Royal Fire Service (RFS).
Smoke was emitted into the atmosphere due to burns that were conducted for the purpose of hazard reduction in the areas of Sutherland, Ku-ring-gai, Hawkesbury, and Hornsby, as well as on the Central Coast.
They had been scheduled to take place on Friday, but because of the inclement weather, they had to be postponed to Sunday instead.
The data published by the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment indicate that the air quality in eastern Sydney has reached “very poor” levels. This is a significant decline from previous levels. A measurement of 102.8 g/m3 for PM2.5 fine particles was obtained for the period of time between 6:00 as well as 7:00 in Randwick.
In a statement, the Premier of New South Wales, Chris Minns, referred to the fires that were conducted as “necessary” for the purpose of danger reduction.
Minns made the observation that, according to what she had heard, things are going to get better the following day. This is, without a doubt, a significantly more favorable circumstance than having a forest fire raging down your street. Both the Royal Fire Service and Fire and Rescue New South Wales are putting forth a lot of effort to ensure that this vital mission is successfully accomplished.