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Sydney smoke haze from hazard reduction fires shrouds city in blanket of smog

Hazard reduction burning has caused poor air quality in parts of Sydney. Photo: Daisy Dumas NSW Rural Fire Service in action last spring near Wentworth in the Blue Mountains. Photo: Wolter Peeters
Nanjing Night Net

Smog shrouds the Opera House as smoke from hazard reduction burns blow across Sydney. Photo: Michele Mossop

People with asthma or lung problems were being warned to stay indoors as hazard reduction burning made for a smokey Sunday morning in Sydney.

With a clear blanket of smog sitting over the city, air quality across a wide area of Sydney was rated hazardous by the NSW Department of Environment and Heritage.

The worst affected areas were Rozelle, Randwick, Lindfield, Chullora and Earlwood.

Pollen levels added to the woes of those with breathing conditions, with Fairfax Media’s Weatherzone rating Sunday’s pollen index as extreme, although it is forecast to drop by Monday.

The NSW Rural Fire Service said it was taking advantage of favourable conditions over the weekend to undertake hazard reduction burns across the state ahead of the summer bushfire season.

Areas where controlled burning is underway include Sydney’s upper North Shore, Northern Beaches, the Hills District and Menai in the south.

Thick smoke on Saturday forced the closure of the Pacific Highway at Mount Ku-ring-gai and delays to rail services.

The NSW Rural Fire Service has advised those affected by the smoke to avoid physical exertion, stay indoors and keep their doors and windows closed.

Asthma Australia warns smoke can be a trigger for those with respiratory conditions and urged people to ensure they had asthma medication at hand.

Hazard reduction burning is planned to continue this week with areas slated for controlled fires including Castlereagh in Sydney’s west and St Ives and Wahroonga in the north.

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