THE Department of Parks and Wildlife has issued a smoke alert for the Perth Hills, Perth metropolitan area and southern suburbs.
The smoke was produced by a prescribed burn in Helena Valley by Parks and Wildlife yesterday, and burns by other land managers and local government.
The City of Swan administration building in Midland was evacuated after smoke got into the air-conditioning.
Despite public anger on social media about the smoke, Premier Mark McGowan said his government would not apologise for undertaking the burn-offs.
“I think people accept that we need to take action to prevent catastrophic bushfires,” Mr McGowan said.
“Burning off is one of the things that does that.
“And I won’t apologise on behalf of the government for taking those actions.
“It’s one of those things – a little bit of inconvenience can save a lot of trouble in the future if you do it right.”
The smoke is expected to clear by late afternoon but there is the potential for more smoke later this evening and into tomorrow morning from further burn-offs.
WHAT TO DO:
If the smoke is particularly thick, it is recommended people shut doors and windows and turn off air-conditioners.
Smoke may reduce visibility on some roads and motorists should take care, turn on headlights and travel at appropriate speeds when travelling in these areas.
People with asthma and pre-existing respiratory or cardiovascular illnesses should follow their pre-prepared treatment plan.
People with conditions exacerbated by smoke should take precautions in line with their medical advice for these circumstances.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa
Listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.