Smoke Advisory: NSW Bushfires

News | Smoke Advisory: NSW Bushfires

Posted 5 December 2019 by Catholic Education in News

Smoke from bushfires is affecting large areas of NSW.

Very heavy smoke is affecting the Sydney area. It is being blown from large fires near Warragamba Dam.

Smoke will settle in many areas through the morning and likely to settle throughout the day.

Smoke is also affecting areas including the north coast, Central Coast, Hawkesbury, Wollondilly, Queanbeyan and Shoalhaven areas.

If you are easily affected by smoke, take precautions to protect your health.

Please do not call Triple Zero just to report smoke. Save it for emergencies.


NSW Health reminds people that children, older adults and people with heart and lung conditions are most susceptible to the effects of air pollution and excessive smoke.

If you have asthma or a lung condition, reduce outdoor activities if smoke levels are high and if shortness of breath or coughing develops, take your reliever medicine or seek medical advice.

Asthma sufferers need to follow their Asthma Action Plan and take their relieving medication where necessary. If symptoms get worse, seek medical advice. Further information and advice is available from the Asthma Foundation website.

More health information is available online at

Tips to manage the effects of smoke

  • Monitor Fires Near Me for information about fires in your area.
  • Keep doors and windows closed to prevent smoke from entering your home while keeping aware of fire danger in your area.
  • Ensure pets have a protected area.
  • If you’re driving through a smoky area, slow down, keep your windows up and turn your headlights on.

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