Authorities are urging motorists to take care on country roads as thick smoke drifts across the region creating hazardous conditions.
According to the Air Quality Index, Wagga has reached 311 while Albury records a reading of 461.
Towns along the Olympic Highway, such as Henty and The Rock, are producing poorer air quality than Wagga.
Hume City Council road safety officer Kim Schultz said driving in smoke is high risk and drivers need to ensure their headlights are turned on.
Ms Schultz said all motorists should follow these safety tips:
- Turn on headlights - not parking or automatic lights
- Slow down
- If it's just too thick - don't drive
- Take extra care approaching intersections
- Bring a high-vis vest or jacket in case of an emergency
One resident expressed her frustration over drivers not using their headlights on a January 5 post to Wagga's Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Facebook page.