Residents of Bonnells Bay and surrounds who see smoke over the area, don't be alarmed. Fire and Rescue NSW crews are carrying out a hazard reduction burn.
FRNSW said a number of Central Coast crews were on Monday taking "advantage of the stable weather conditions" to undertake a hazard reduction burn around Bonnells Bay.
"The burn is scheduled to run from 10am for a number of hours and smoke is expected in the vicinity," the fire authority said.
"Hazard reduction burns are a major priority for the state's fire authorities to assist in the preparation for the upcoming bush fire season."
Residents in the area are advised to take the following precautions:
- Ensure windows and doors are closed to help prevent smoke entering their homes.
- Keep outdoor furniture under cover to prevent ember burns.
- Retract pool covers to prevent ember damage.
- Remove washing from clotheslines.
- Ensure pets have a protected area.
- Vehicles must slow down, keep windows up, turn headlights on.
- Sightseers must keep away from burns for their own safety.
- People with asthma or lung conditions are advised to reduce outdoor activities. If smoke levels are high and if shortness of breath or coughing develops, take your reliever medicine or seek medical advice.
If you spot a fire that is unattended, phone triple zero (000).