Date issued: 01 May 2018
Issued by: Professor Charles Guest, Chief Health Officer, Victoria
Issued to: Health professionals
- Smoke from bushfires and planned burns can reduce air quality in rural and urban areas, and may affect people's health.
- Each year, Forest Fire Management Victoria undertakes planned burns on public land state-wide to reduce bushfire risk. The planned burning program is seasonal, usually during autumn to early winter.
- Health services may see an increase in people presenting with respiratory symptoms associated with smoke exposure.
Read the full alert: Smoke exposure due to seasonal planned burns may affect health
Authorised by the Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne.