Smoke is blanketing parts of Macarthur on Wednesday as firefighters continue to contain a bushfire at the Holsworthy army base.
The blaze has been burning for almost a week near the Mackel Airfield and has consumed more than 2700 hectares of vegetation.
NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) and NSW Fire and Rescue (FRNSW) crews have worked to control the fire since Friday, July 27.
Firefighters have been supported by National Parks and Wildlife Service team members.
The Holsworthy fire has burnt in areas of Campbelltown and Sutherland council areas.
NSW RFS and FRNSW crews began backburning over the weekend in a bid to contain the blaze.
The fire is now listed as being “being controlled” on the NSW RFS’ Fires Near Me website.
As crews contain the blaze, there has been plenty of smoke billowing across Macarthur, as well as parts of southern Sydney, Illawarra and the South Coast.
Forecast westerly winds will continue to make smoke visible across Sutherland and parts of the Illawarra from the Mackel Airfield bush fire burning in the Holsworthy Military Reserve. Only call Triple Zero (000) for unattended fires. #NSWRFS photo: gnashy85 (Instagram) pic.twitter.com/9B6Kevb23Z— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) July 31, 2018
The smoke may affect visibility in Macarthur on Wednesday.
The Holsworthy army base bushfire has generated plenty of discussion on The Advertiser’s Facebook page, including the following comments:
Danette Pendleton: It’s terrible for all those dealing with it (the smoke), no matter the level. My allergies are going haywire.
Rachel Mullen: It’s horrible, you can hardly breathe outside. I am in Ambarvale and it’s shocking.
Lee-anne Noakes: Smoke was very strong over my place this morning.
Dave Boreland: It was absolutely sickening this morning in Ruse.
Karen Dawes Stafford: It was really bad heading into Campbelltown this morning
NSW Medical Advisor for Environmental Health, Dr Aditya Vyas said smoke might aggravate existing heart and lung conditions and could cause irritated eyes, coughing and wheezing.
“Symptoms can occur for several days after smoke is inhaled, so people with chronic respiratory conditions need to be vigilant with their treatment programs,” Dr Vyas said.
“People with asthma or a lung condition who develop symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing, should follow their asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (action plan.
“If symptoms do not settle, seek medical advice. If you are on home oxygen treatment, continue as prescribed and if breathlessness worsens, contact your doctor.”
To keep up-to-date on the Holsworthy army base bushfire, visit the NSW RFS’ Fires Near Me Website.