Perth asthma sufferers say they are angry they weren’t given more notice about the thick smoke haze that engulfed Perth for much of the day.
Authorities have blamed burn-offs in the State’s south-west for the haze, but health warnings weren’t issued until after 9am on Saturday.
Asthma sufferer Catherine Vanderweide said she was forced to cancel her plans for the day and was stuck at home.
“I get it, we’ve gotta do burn-offs. I do not get that we have it so consistently and we don’t get a break, because it’s just slowly, I mean, killing people,” she said.
Describing the health warning as “too little, too late”, Ms Vanderweide said the thick smoke haze made it hard for her to breathe.
“I’ve got a tight chest and my voice is not like this normally and yeah now I’m on a stronger puffer,” she said.
The Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions told 7 News the health alert wasn’t issued earlier on Saturday because the smoke didn’t clear as expected.
The weather bureau has blamed Saturday’s cloud cover for trapping the smoke in what is called an inversion layer.
Experts say the smoke haze varied across Perth with Duncraig and South Lake the worst affected.
The air quality in those areas was categorised as “very poor” for much of Saturday.
Caversham and Busselton, in the State’s south-west, were also listed at “poor”.
The Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions says smoke has been clearing throughout the afternoon and will continue to do so into Saturday evening.