Ballarat's afternoon takes a smoky turn

If you’ve noticed a smoky cloud hanging over the city, there’s nothing to fear.

Smoke began settling around Ballarat just before 4pm with many people concerned about a potential fire nearby given the warm temperatures.

The CFA were quick to assure residents the smoke was a result of several burn offs listed around the region.

SMOKY: Lake Wendouree takes on a smoky appearance in a similar smoke event during 2014.

SMOKY: Lake Wendouree takes on a smoky appearance in a similar smoke event during 2014.

Burn offs were listed to take place around Smythesdale, Haddon, Yendon, Scotsburn, Scarsdale, Napoleons and several other locations about the Ballarat area.

A slight change in wind or temperature has resulted in the smoke accumulating and dropping down to ground level, shrouding much of the city in a smoky haze.

Planned fuel reduction burns near Linton and Beaufort in the past few days, and a small under-control bushfire near Enfield, have also thrown smoke up in to the atmosphere.

Although the smoke is a result of planned burn offs, the CFA reminded residents that if they do see a fire, to call 000.