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Planned burn off at Great Sandy National Park sparks smoke warning

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The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service will conduct a planned burn operation atGreat Sandy National Park between Tuesday, June 14 and Friday, June 17.

These burns are being undertaken to help protect community members and property in the event of a wildfire,the Department of Environment and Science says.

As a result, smoke may be seen in the vicinity of Cooloola Cove and Rainbow Beach Road.

"Smoke can decrease visibility on the roads, so it is important that motorists drive safely to the conditions," a spokesperson says.

"The aim of this burn is to reduce the volume of forest fuels and to create a mosaic pattern of burnt and unburnt areas.

"This will help reduce the intensity of any subsequent wildfires and provide favourable conditions for natural forest."