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Media Release

Smoke haze over metropolitan area
Saturday 24 April 2010 – 5:25 PM

The Bureau of Meteorology has advised that south easterly winds have caused smoke to drift across the metropolitan area.


Assistant Chief Operations Officer Metropolitan Bruce Jones said people concerned about smoke in the air could be assured there were no major bush fires currently burning.


“If a major fire endangers life or property, FESA issues alerts through the media and via the internet,” Mr Jones said.


“The smoke has been generated by burn offs on land managed by the Department of Environment and Conservation and the current haze will linger until stronger winds blow it away.”


Mr Jones added that when smoke haze occurred the FESA Communications Centre tended to receive numerous calls from the public on its emergency triple zero line.


“FESA Communications Centre call-takers receive triple zero calls and quickly despatch fire and emergency responders to extinguish fires, perform life-saving rescues and minimise damage to property and the environment,” he said.


“It’s important that people only call triple zero to report a fire and in life-threatening emergencies.


“When people ring in about burn-offs they can tie up the triple zero call-takers and possibly even cause lives to be put at risk.”





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