Anger over smoke haze prompts review

Anger over smoke haze prompts review

19 April 2010

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Australia —    Forestry Tasmania says it may need to review its smoke management strategy in light of public anger about a smoke haze in the south.

Regeneration burns have been suspended until the smoke clears in the Huon Valley.

The company says the burns complied with the state’s coordinated smoke management system but it may be time to include private landowners.

Spokesman Ken Jeffreys says there is also a need for better communication with affected residents.

“One of the things that we need to look at is how we can provide better notice to people before these things occur,” he said.

Cathy Beswick of the Asthma Foundation says sufferers need to take precautions in smoky conditions.

“Make sure that you do have your blue reliever puffer with you at all times, that’s really really important,” she said.

The weather bureau says the smoke should clear during the week as conditions change.

Smoke rises into the sky above the Huon Valley
 in southern Tasmania as the state’s
 Forestry Department conducts
fuel-reduction burns on April 18, 2010.

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