30 June, 2022
Motorists warned of Gillies planned burns
MOTORISTS using the Gillies Range are being warned that Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service are conducting a series of planned burns in the area until the end of July.
As a result, smoke may be seen in and around Gordonvale, Little Mulgrave, Gillies Range and the Captain Cook Highway.
“Smoke can decrease visibility on the roads, so it is important that motorists drive safely to the conditions,” a spokesperson said.
Residents who may be affected by smoke should take relevant precautionary measures.
“Please be aware that several walking tracks in the area may be closed during burn operations, in particular the Robson’s walking track,” the spokesperson said.
The planned burns are part of the annual hazard reduction/conservation management program for northern parks and forests.
“The aim of these burns is to reduce the volume of forest fuels and to create a mosaic pattern of burnt and unburnt areas,” the spokesperson said.
“This will help reduce the intensity of any subsequent wildfires and provide favourable conditions for natural forest regeneration.”
For further information on potential closures please visit the Department of Environment and Science website (des.qld.gov.au).
For more information, members of the public can call the QPWS Cairns Management Unit office (during business hours) on 0436 860 920