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Eerie scenes as Sydney disappears in a choking cloud of smog from a massive burn-off

Sydney’s usually picturesque harbour has been covered in a blanket of smog left behind from hazard reduction burns. 

Residents woke up to eerie scenes on Tuesday morning as a thick fog mixed with back burning smoke covered much of the city and surrounding suburbs.

New South Wales Rural Fire Service inspector Ben Shepherd told Daily Mail Australia the smog coverage has affected much of the city from the outer west right through to the northern beaches.

The usually picturesque harbour city has been covered in a blanket of smog left behind from hazard reduction burns (pictured)

Sydney woke up to a thick fog mixed with back burning smoke which has created some visibility issues (pictured)

Sydney woke up to a thick fog mixed with back burning smoke which has created some visibility issues (pictured)

New South Wales Rural Fire Service inspector Ben Shepherd told Daily Mail Australia the smog coverage has affected the outer west right through to the northern beaches

New South Wales Rural Fire Service inspector Ben Shepherd told Daily Mail Australia the smog coverage has affected the outer west right through to the northern beaches

The CBD and outer west are the worst affected parts of the city but there is less smog coverage in across northern beaches

The CBD and outer west are the worst affected parts of the city but there is less smog coverage in across northern beaches

‘It depends where you are, the CBD and west have reduced visibility, the north and north west isn’t too bad,’ he said. 

‘The smog has settled in some of the valleys and it will start to clear as the day warms up.’

Mr Shepherd said the smog should begin to disappear towards late morning but may linger in parts of the city. 

‘The rain tonight should clear any remaining smoke out later this evening,’ he said. 

NSW RFS confirmed they do not have any more hazard reduction burns planned in coming days however the national park may perform some minor hazard reduction burns.

A Qantas spokeswoman confirmed there have been no delays to flights this morning and ‘operations are as normal’.

Mr Shepherd said the smog should begin to disappear towards late morning but may linger in parts of the city and CBD

Mr Shepherd said the smog should begin to disappear towards late morning but may linger in parts of the city and CBD

Experts believe the thick smog cover (pictured) should clear completely when it is expected to rain later this evening

Experts believe the thick smog cover (pictured) should clear completely when it is expected to rain later this evening

NSW RFS confirmed they don't have any more hazard reduction burns planned in coming days which will help reduce fog

NSW RFS confirmed they don’t have any more hazard reduction burns planned in coming days which will help reduce fog

The thick smog coverage comes just two days after the city was smothered by smoke after hazard reduction burns across New South Wales left the city with worse air pollution than popular cities across the world.

Sydney’s north western suburbs recorded higher rates of air pollution than suburbs in major cities across the globe on Sunday, including London, Bangkok and Mexico City, according to the International Air Quality Index. 

The Roseville bridge almost disappeared under the haze and participants in the Balmoral Burn said they found it difficult to breath while running as the PM2.5 level in Parramatta and surrounding suburbs rose to 111.  

Channel 7 presenter Luke Darcy said it was like ‘breathing in a bush fire’ and fans at a football match at Melbourne’s MCG were seen covering their mouths. 

A Qantas spokeswoman confirmed there have been no delays to flights this morning and 'operations are as normal'

A Qantas spokeswoman confirmed there have been no delays to flights this morning and ‘operations are as normal’



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