Released 18/04/2017

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service wishes to advise the public that, pending suitable weather, fuel and soil moisture conditions, four prescribed burns will commence this week.

Tomorrow, Wednesday 19 April 2017, an 11.57 hectare burn at Aranda Bushland Nature Reserve will be undertaken to help reduce fire fuel and the risk of bushfire.

Three additional burns are scheduled to be undertaken on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 April 2017, weather permitting, to enhance grasslands by removing thatch grass. These include:

  • a 22 hectare burn at Jerrabomberra Grasslands Nature Reserve, off Monaro Highway (Thursday)
  • an 11.56 hectare at Kama Nature Reserve (south), off William Hovell Drive, Molonglo (Thursday)
  • a 12.2 hectare burn at Crace Grasslands Nature Reserve, corner off Gungahlin Drive and Barton Highway, Mitchell (Friday).

Experienced parks fire managers, supported by trained fire-fighters, will conduct the burning operations. Temporary smoke cover is expected across Canberra. Every effort is made to conduct the burns in weather conditions that will minimise the impact of smoke.

Staff will continue to monitor the burn sites until smoke has not been visible for 24 hours. A buffer zone of up to 20 metres is also created around the complete perimeter of every prescribed burn.

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service has developed a strong partnership with the Asthma Foundation to ensure people are kept informed of prescribed burn activity and the likelihood of smoke. Tips on how to stay safe if there is smoke in the area is available on the Asthma Foundation website.

All prescribed burns are listed on the Upcoming Prescribed Burns page on the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development website along with maps and advice.

Members of the public can also find out more information about upcoming burns by following @ACT_Parks on Twitter, @ACTParks on Facebook or by completing a simple smartform to get all ACT Parks prescribed burn updates by email.

Before any burns are undertaken major stakeholders, including the Emergency Services Agency, the Australian Federal Police, Air Traffic Control, Roads ACT and the Bureau of Meteorology are advised. For more information, please call Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

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