'Turn your lights on': Burn off to bring smoke to Gladstone

A CONTROLLED burn off of forest fuels in a state forest on the outskirts of Gladstone could bring smoke to parts of Gladstone, Kirkwood, Beecher, and Burua.

The burn off will go ahead on Wednesday and Thursday, and is part of an ongoing program to remove forest fuels on the floor of the Mount Maurice State Forrest.

WATCH: Rangers burnt off forest fuels in Mount Maurice State Forrest last week

Burn off in Gladstone: Rangers burn off forest fuels in Mount Maurice State Forest.
Burn off in Gladstone: Rangers burn off forest fuels in Mount Maurice State Forest.

Rangers from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, who are managing the burn off, want to create a "mosaic pattern" of burnt and unburnt areas, principal ranger Peter Moore said.

It means in the case where a wildfire starts, it will stop or reduce in intensity when it hits an area where there isn't enough forest fuel to keep it alive.

"Provided it's not a severe fire weather day it should stop it if it's not one-year old," Mr Moore said. 

The fire service will carry out a burn off at Mount Maurice State Forrest today.
The fire service will carry out a burn off at Mount Maurice State Forrest today.

QPWS are also warning drivers that visibility in the area will be decreased.

"The burnt is to the south of Haddock Drive so people need to take care. There will be reduced visibility," Mr Moore said.

Residents should slow down, turn their lights on, and watch for crews working on the edge of the burn off.

He said QPWS would work with the fire service and it may send units to the area if they are available.

For more information, please call QPWS on 4936 0570.