WANGARATTA residents are being urged to reduce heavy physical activity as smoke lingers in the air.
The Environment Protection Authority is advising people that bushfires in the Gippsland area are affecting air quality.
Staff warn the air quality in Wangaratta is unhealthy for all people.
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The air quality in Benalla is unhealthy for people who are over 65, under 14, pregnant, and those with existing heart or lung conditions.
The smoke is expected to linger for a few days.