Smoke alerts

Peter Thwaites took this dramatic photo in front of his home in Cooloola Cove, entitled  ".... when you've just got to have faith in the local fire fighting crews during their winter burn off."

Peter Thwaites took this dramatic photo in front of his home in Cooloola Cove, entitled “…. when you’ve just got to have faith in the local fire fighting crews during their winter burn off.”

I received this alert on July 4, Wednesday of the first week of the school holidays.

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) will conduct a planned burn within the Cooloola area near Rainbow Beach on Wednesday 4th July 2018, weather permitting, as part of the annual hazard reduction/conservation management program for parks and forests…etc, etc

Now, I already knew that planned burns are a must. In the event of bushfire I want my home to be protected and that the bush needs to regenerate. You just need to look at the devastation around our country in the last few weeks due to bushfires.

With family members with asthma, more than a hour or two’s notice would be appreciated.

I quickly responded, thinking our tourists would be packing up, as they puff on their ventolin:

“Respectfully, could this burn please wait until after the school holidays? We do understand this is necessary  – but really, why couldn’t burns always occur outside the few weeks in the year we have more people on the coast?”

We don’t need another reason to deter families from enjoying our area. I didn’t receive a response from NPWS media, but was pleased that our air quality was clearer last holidays.