Controlled burns increase smoke in Gladstone

SMOKE around Gladstone is because of ongoing permit burns, fire authorities say.

A fire communications spokesperson said a 100 hectare controlled burn by Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun could also be contributing to smoke in the region.

The wild fire alert for the region was increased over the weekend, as high winds across the region were expected to fan the flames of burn-offs.

Land owners were warned that permit-allowed fires couldn't go ahead.