Smoke and health
- Where is all the smoke coming from and why does it hang around?
- How can I find out if the smoke I see is from a planned burn?
- Where do I find health advice?
- Want more information?
The Department of Health advises that if you, or someone you care for, experiences symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure, seek medical advice or call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24.
Where is all the smoke coming from and why does it hang around?
People may see or smell smoke while planned burning is carried out, and often smoke may linger for a few days after a burn. If DEPI is burning in several fire districts across the state, smoke is likely to remain for one or two weeks.
DEPI recognises that smoke can be an inconvenience and a concern for some people. The Bureau of Meteorology and DEPI have developed a smoke-forecasting service to help DEPI reduce the impact of smoke from planned burning on nearby communities, where possible.
Planned burning is carried out at any time of the year, whenever the weather and other conditions are right. However, people are most likely to be impacted by smoke from planned burning in autumn, when the weather and conditions tend to be more suitable for burning.
Smoke may also come from a number of other sources:
How can I find out if the smoke I see is from a planned burn?
If you see or smell smoke:
Where do I find health advice on the affect of smoke?
Smoke from a planned burn may affect you and your family. If you are affected by smoke, delay vigorous exercise, remain inside if possible and keep the windows closed.
The Department of Health advises that people with heart or lung conditions should take their medication as prescribed. People with asthma should follow their asthma management program.
If you are experiencing any symptoms that may be due to smoke exposure, seek medical advice or call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24.
For health advice;
Want more information?Smoke from planned burns - information sheet
- Department of Health
- Environment Protection Authority
- Bureau of Meteorology Victoria
- Asthma Foundation
Research Report 53 provides detailed information about smoke management, including modelling smoke movement, smoke dispersion and the emissions from burning vegetation.