Health warning issued over NSW smoke haze and dust

An out-of-control fire sparked by embers from a blaze in the ACT is testing NSW firefighters as health experts warn poor air quality will affect parts of the state, including Sydney.

NSW Health is warning of the impact of smoke haze and dust today, with Sydney’s air quality forecast to be poor due to particles.
“A change in wind direction is likely to bring smoke from the southern NSW and ACT bushfires into eastern parts of Sydney, the Illawarra, and possibly the Central Coast and Newcastle this morning,” NSW Health said in a statement today.

The department’s medical advisor Dr Adi Vyas said dust from dust storms in western NSW may affect western Sydney.
“People with chronic respiratory and cardiovascular conditions should avoid outdoor physical activity and those with asthma should also follow their Asthma Action Plan and carry their reliever medication with them,” Dr Vyas said in a statement.
“Minimising physical activity, staying indoors and knowing your treatment plan are important ways to reduce the risk of dust and smoke-related illness.
“Ongoing heatwave conditions means that we all need to take extra care over the coming days.”

Last night five fires were at “watch and act” level, including the out-of-control Clear Range blaze.

The fire was created from embers that spread kilometres from the ACT’s large Orroral Valley blaze.
An RFS spokeswoman last night said there had been unconfirmed reports of possibly five structures lost.
The Clear Range fire will continue to be a key focus for the RFS today, the spokeswoman said.
Very high fire danger is forecast today for the north coast, greater Hunter, greater Sydney, Illawarra/Shoalhaven, central ranges, northern slopes and north western fire regions.
“Storms, possibly severe, are forecast for many parts of NSW on Sunday including Sydney. Storms inland may raise dust,” the NSW Bureau of Meteorology posted on Twitter last night.
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