The Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) is today conducting prescribed burns 18km west of Collie, near Potters Gorge, and 14km north-west of Collie for forest management and to manage bushfire risk and biodiversity.
The burns are expected to cause significant smoke impact for the Coalfields Highway, Wellington Dam Road, Lennard Drive, River Road and Collie-Tallanalla Road
Motorists should take care, turn on headlights and carefully follow traffic management signs when driving through areas affected by smoke.
People with conditions exacerbated by smoke should take precautions in line with their medical advice for these circumstances.
Prescribed burns create low-fuel areas in a mosaic of burnt and unburnt patches across the landscape, which help stem the spread of bushfires.
It is the primary tool available to the department to manage fuel loads, which helps protect the community by minimising the impact of bushfires.
Prescribed burning may be conducted by multiple government agencies and private landowners as part of the shared responsibility for keeping communities safe.
Details of burns are available at www.dbca.wa.gov.au/prescribedburning.