Perth awakes to blanket of smoke

Photo: Amelia Broun, Twitter.
Photo: Amelia Broun, Twitter.

PERTH has awoken to find itself blanketed by a thick cloud of smoke following prescribed burns by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

DFES has issued a Perth’s northern and eastern suburbs, including the CBD following the burns to the east of Sawyers Valley yesterday afternoon.

There is a also a smoke alert in place between Kwinana and Mandurah following a prescribed burn near Jarrahdale.

The smoke is expected to clear some time this morning, but in the meantime, DFES have urged people shut doors and windows and turn off air-conditioners if the smoke is particularly thick.

They have also reminded commuters 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.