SMOKY DAYS: Stanthorpe could be blanketed in smoke again as a planned burn takes place in a nearby plantation forest.
SMOKY DAYS: Stanthorpe could be blanketed in smoke again as a planned burn takes place in a nearby plantation forest. Liana Turner

Forest burn could leave smoke over Granite Belt

THE Granite Belt could face smoky conditions as a planned burn takes place this week.

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service will be undertaking a burn at Passchendaele State Forest until Friday, weather permitting.

The burn is part of the QPWS annual hazard reduction program in conjunction with Hancock Plantations Queensland.

QPWS has warned smoke may be seen in Stanthorpe and surrounding regions this week.

The burn will be an attempt to reduce accumulated forest fuels and lessen the future fire risk to plantation timber in Passchendaele State Forest.

It is also expected to provide "favourable conditions for natural forest regeneration”.

Smoke from the burn might decrease visibility on nearby roads and QPWS has urged motorists to drive to the conditions.

For more information about the fires, phone the Girraween QPWS office on (07) 4684 5157.

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