Sydney is choked by smoke with the sunset and horizon obscured as firefighters burn off huge areas to the city’s northwest
- Sydney covered in a blanket of smoke haze around sunset on Saturday evening
- RFS firefighters conducted large controlled burning to the northwest of the city
- Hazard reduction burn-offs of more than 80 hectares of land was carried out
The Sydney skyline has been obscured by a thick smoke haze on Saturday evening as firefighters conduct controlled burning of huge areas to the city’s northwest.
Favourable conditions throughout the day allowed planned hazard reduction work to be carried out by Rural Fire Service firefighters.
Controlled burns in the Hills district caused smoke in Sydney’s northwest which drifted over the CBD by by sunset.
Sydney was covered in a blanket of smoke of Saturday evening as firefighters conducted controlled burning to the northwest of the city (pictured: the Sydney skyline on Saturday)
The RFS had two large hazard reduction burns scheduled for Saturday on Marieba Road in the Hills district – one for 49.72 hectares and another for 28.17 hectares.
Various state firefighting authorities will notify when hazard reduction burn-offs are planned for your area – with NSW residents able to check theirs via the RFS website.
If burn-offs are scheduled nearby, the RFS recommends locals take preventative steps especially if any member of the household suffers from conditions such as asthma.
These include to ensure windows are doors are shut and to cover outdoor furniture and remove items from clotheslines to prevent embers igniting.
More to follow.
The smoke from Saturday’s hazard reduction measures drifted over the city around sunset on Saturday (pictured: the Sydney CBD skyline viewed from the south on Saturday evening)