WATCH: Controlled fire travels through Gladstone forest

UPDATE 3.05: 

THE burn off to Kirkwood's south this afternoon was carried out according to plan.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife rangers were burning off forest fuels which could intensify wild fires.

Weather conditions were favourable to the back burn, with humidity at 64% and an easy wind.

UPDATE 9.40am:

A PLANNED burn off for just south of Kirkwood Rd is expected to begin before lunch, a Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service spokesman said.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife rangers will be down at Mount Maurice State Forest this morning to evaluate the conditions before beginning the burn off.

Wind forecasts will be key to the decision on when to start the burn off.

The fire service will carry out a burn off at Mount Maurice State Forrest today.
The fire service will carry out a burn off at Mount Maurice State Forrest today.

The burn off aims to reduce forest fuels -- dry leaves and other type of kindling -- which can lead to more intense wildfires.

QPWS yesterday issued a warning that the burn off would proceed and urged drivers to exercise caution, as smoke could drift over the roads. 

More to come. 

YESTERDAY:

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) will conduct a planned burn within the Mount Maurice State Forest area (south of Kirkwood Drive, Gladstone) from Monday 11 April 2016, weather permitting, as part of the annual hazard reduction/conservation management program for parks and forests.

As a result, smoke may be seen in the Gladstone area.

The aim of this burn is to reduce the volume of forest fuels and to create a mosaic pattern of burnt and unburnt areas.

This will help reduce the intensity of any subsequent wildfires and provide favourable conditions for natural forest regeneration.

Smoke can decrease visibility on the roads so it is important that motorists drive safely to the conditions.

For more information, please call Rockhampton office of QPWS on 4936 0570.



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