Smoke has drifted over the Sydney Basin this morning after recent hazard reduction fires that were initiated to the north and west of the city.
Just yesterday there were multiple areas where hazard reduction fires were carried out to reduce the risk of uncontrolled fires during the upcoming spring and summer. These areas include Gosford and the Wollondilly Shire, while back-burning occurred around the Hawkesbury and western Sydney during the days previous.
Sydney residents have now awoken to hazy skies and a distinct smell of smoke this morning as west-northwest winds carry the smoke towards the coast. The haze created a magnificent sunrise, however it is an eerie reminder that the fire season is upon us.
This spring and summer are expected to be warmer and drier than normal across much of New South Wales, especially when compared to last year, which increases the bush-fire risk. These early hazard reduction fires are being carried out to reduce this risk and prepare the surroundings for the upcoming season.
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